Understanding how animals are using the Millennium Trail

TALES AND TAILS ON THE TRAIL The Millennium Trail entrance at Danforth Road. Members of the public that travel the trail near Slab and /or Hubbs Creek are asked to document wildlife in those areas. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

 

DESIRÉE DECOSTE

STAFF WRITER

The Prince Edward County Trails Committee (PECTC) and the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN) are asking for the public’s assistance  in gathering data to understand how animals use the Millennium Trail in the two wetland sections in Hillier ward.

While the PECTC and the PECFN await the Hubbs Creek and Slab Creek sections of the Millennium Trail to be resurfaced with an additional 6 inches of limestone screening, they’re interested in trying to get a better understanding of how animals use the trail especially in the spring, summer and fall seasons up until things freeze up and the snow falls.

The PECTC and the PECFN are asking anyone who travels the sections of the Millennium Trail between Danforth and Benway Rds and between Closson and Station Rds to photograph any evidence of wildlife they see using the trail.

This could include any animals on the trail dead or alive, or other evidence of animal use like disturbed turtle nesting sites, tracks, scat, etc.

If members of the public are interested or already have photos, they are asked to  send them to Amy Bodman at amy.bodman@gmail.com.

Bodman sits on the Board of Directors for the South Shore Joint Initiative (SSJI) and asks for medium-sized files which makes it easier for downloading. 

“We ideally would like to get GPS coordinates of the sightings and the date the photo was taken,” said Bodman in a statement. “Cellphones with data generally take photos with GPS coordinates and the date attached to them so we should be able to get that info off the photograph. If you don’t have that technology, a general description of where you took the image and the date you took it would suffice.”

Information from this informal study will help them determine how to better protect wildlife with whom we share the trail with.

For more information on PECTC please visit pectrails.ca

For more information on PECFN please visit naturestuff.net/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=137

For more information on the SSJI please visit www.ssji.ca