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SAR Camp 2010: Youth Help Species At Risk
3rd Annual SAR Camp a Success!
August 16th-17th, Point Pelee National Park

This year’s Stewardship Ranger SAR Camp was a great event enjoyed by all. Held in the deep south of Carolinian Canada at Point Pelee National Park, our presenters inspired the Stewardship Rangers, and the Rangers inspired us all! CCC would like to thank everyone involved, including our camp sponsors. Assistance for this project was provided by Friends of Point Pelee, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Parks Canada, Point Pelee National Park, and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

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SAR Camp 2009: Youth Help Species At Risk
2nd Annual SAR Camp a Success!
July 22nd-23rd, Norfolk County

On July 22 -23, Over 30 Stewardship Rangers from across the region took part in a crash course on what makes Carolinian Canada unique. Teens tasted local flavours, met rare raptors, handled snakes and put on skits. The camp gave the young stewards a range of unforgettable experiences. Assistance for this project was provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Parks Canada and TD Friends of the Environment.

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SAR Camp 2008

Stewardship Ranger teams participated in a special Species at Risk program in Carolinian Canada on August 5th and 6th, 2008, at Camp Sylvan. Local youth were enthusiastic participants. Assistance for this project was provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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Young Conservationists Focus on Species at Risk
By Ashley House, Simcoe Reformer

Forget iPods and Xboxes.

This summer, up and coming conservationists have traded them in for binoculars and GPS systems in an effort to secure a future for species at risk.
Over the last two days, stewardship rangers from across Ontario have gathered at the Long Point Waterfowl camp north of Turkey Point for a special species at risk camp hosted by the Carolinian Canada Coalition. The 17-year-olds have been working in teams throughout Ontario, helping their local communities with various environmental projects.

There are 39 teams across the province helping public and private landowners with a range of conservation work. The Carolinian Canada Coalition gathered five of these teams together to get a hands-on look at species in the Carolinian forest.

"We want to educate students on what's going on in our own backyard," said Bronwen Buck, ecosystem recovery network co-ordinator with the Carolinian Canada Coalition. "The goal is to get them to articulate the importance of helping species at risk."

The Carolinian forest, which stretches from Toronto to Windsor, has one of the highest concentrations of species at risk. "I've learned a lot," said Erin McCorkle of Aylmer. "It's been a great experience." She's working with the Elgin Oxford Stewardship Team. "I considered myself outdoorsy, but this is way more outdoors than I'm used to," McCorkle said. She was surprised to learn how many species are at risk in her own backyard. Her group has been working on stream rehabilitation in Port Stanley so it can become a better trout habitat.

"The hummingbird banding was also really fun," McCorkle said. Rangers came face-to-face with species like the hog-nose snake and were taught why their populations are disappearing. They met barn owls and other birds of prey up close. They tagged trees in the Spooky Hollow Nature Sanctuary. "They just came back from a volunteer job in a nearby forest where they were helping save species at risk," Buck said. "We were removing invasive species that were choking them out." Species they were saving included flowering dogwoods and the American chestnut tree.

To end the two-day festivities, the teams presented field reports to the rest of the group, highlighting the work they've done over the last four weeks. Their field reports highlighted turtle monitoring, stream rehabilitation and restoring snake habitats. Besides creating awareness about species at risk, the Ontario Stewardship Ranger program helps budding biologists and wildlife conservationists get a leg up in their potential career paths.

"Seventeen is a good age because it's helping them meet people in the field who they can network with and get advice from," Buck said.

Ashley House
519-426-3528 ext.112
(Article reprinted with permission of the Simcoe Reformer)

Photo: Ashley House, Simcoe Reformer
The Elgin Oxford Ontario Stewardship Team, which has been doing stream rehabilitation in Port Stanley, visited the Long Point Waterfowl camp in Turkey Point for a special species at risk camp hosted by the Carolinian Conservation Coalition. Left to right: Andrew Robinson, Tynan Larson-Caldwell, Erin McCorkle and team lead Matt Wright.

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