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Species at Risk Camp

Teams got hands-on experience with reptiles at risk through the Sciensational Sssnakes!! program

CCC’s 5th annual Species at Risk Camp was held at Point Pelee National Park in August 2012. The camp is a partnership with the Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program, and serves to inspire and guide youth in good stewardship practices.

Key objectives for the camp include:

  • Discuss opportunities and options for education and careers in the conservation field
  • Highlight opportunities to stay involved in conservation and monitoring after the completion of the Stewardship Ranger experience through citizen science initiatives
  • Keep a strong focus on simple Stewardship Actions that can be taken to help Species at Risk and other rare species

An important part of each annual camp has been the Stewardship Ranger team presentations. The Rangers are a link to youth from across Carolinian Canada. Each team described their work over the summer highlighting their stewardship activities, especially with SAR.

Teams learned how to use a GPS unit for the Geocaching Adventure at the Point Pelee Visitor Centre CCC Director Cara McCreary introduced us to Insects in the Carolinian Zone
Teams worked on invasive species removal and native species planting in the cedar savannah restoration site Park Ecologist Valerie introduced us to a Southern Flying Squirrel, who was captured as part of an ongoing research program
Park Interpreter John describes the changes to the structure of Point Pelee due to natural processes and human intervention

Previous Camps

August 11th and 12th, 2011 at Point Pelee National Park
August 16th and 17th, 2010 at Point Pelee National Park
July 22nd and 23rd, 2009 at Long Point Waterfowl Camp, Norfolk
August 5th and 6th, 2008, at Camp Sylvan

Funders and Sponsors

The Government of OntarioParks CanadaOntario Trillium FoundationTD Friends of the Environment Foundation