Point Pelee Exhibit
The focal point of this exhibit is a 10-square-meter diorama of a Carolinian forest. The diorama represents Point Pelee’s original natural forest habitat and includes trees, herbaceous groundcover, and native flowers and wildlife. Visitors can learn about the area’s unique natural environment and the importance of its restoration and preservation.
$25,000 (U.S.) plus $25,000 in local matching funds.
This area is a major migratory stopover point in North America and is internationally recognized for its resident and migrant bird life, including Hooded, Kentucky, Worm-eating and Northern Parula warblers.
Bon Voyage, Migratory Birds!
Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, slices into Lake Erie like a knife blade, its peninsula tapering to a tip nearly six miles into the water. For migratory birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, this park focuses these travelers like sand passing through a narrow hourglass.
Southbound migrants work their way down the peninsula in the fall, aggregating at its tip before launching out over the Lake to continue their journey. Spring migrants moving north see this landmass before the mainland and drop down to feed and rest after the long overwater flight. It’s important habitat for birds and wildlife, and some of the best birding on the continent.
Although this park and its landscape have changed dramatically over the past several hundred years, visitors can now see what the original Carolinian Forest looked like, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways To Nature Conservation Fund.
Thanks to this funding, a 10 square meter diorama was constructed and filled with examples of the trees, plants, and wildlife that one might have encountered hundreds of years ago. After viewing the diorama, venture outside and see for yourself how the landscape has changed. The birding is still fantastic, but what must it have been like before mankind so altered the habitats?
The Pathways To Nature Conservation Fund is a partnership between Wild Birds Unlimited stores and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to fund environmental education and wildlife viewing projects. We encourage all of our customers to visit these incredible places. Your patronage helped make these projects possible!