Prince Edward County South Shore IBA
(take a virtual tour with local photographer Bert Jenkins HERE)
One of the first large areas recognized in Canada’s IBA Program was Prince Edward County’s South Shore stretching from Point Petre to Prince Edward Point.
The triggering criteria for the IBA designation were the globally and nationally significant staging and wintering areas for waterfowl (e.g., Long-tailed Duck, White-winged Scoter, Greater Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser), but it is also important for concentrations of migrating song birds, bats and butterflies and it
supports a host of vascular plants, some of them rare. The area is currently a mix of public lands (NWA, crown land, Conservation Area, Provincial Wildlife Area) and private holdings.
- It includes approximately 26 square km of land and 65 square km of near shore waters.
- It encompasses about 30 km of shoreline, one of the only lengthy, undeveloped strips of shoreline remaining along Lake Ontario
- Prince Edward Point was designated an International Monarch Butterfly Reserve in 1995
- It is important for concentrations of migrating birds, bats and butterflies and also supports several rare vascular plants.
- The waters off the tip of the peninsula are an important waterfowl staging and wintering area, for Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Duck and White-winged Scoter. Other waterfowl regularly recorded in large numbers include Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser and Red-breasted Merganser.
- Encompasses Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area, Little Bluff Conservation Area, crown land blocks, provincial wildlife area, Point Petre and private lands
- Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory operates a Migration Monitoring station (spring and fall) in the NWA and became official caretaker of the South Shore IBA in 2012