The story was actually entitled 6 Coastal Canadian Towns That Will Blow You Away. And, yes, it is nice that a “hamlet” like ours gets this kind of recognition for its great vacation opportunities. It seems stroppy to quibble but……….
What about the birds?
Among the many attributes (camping, beachcombing, swimming, hiking and shipwreck diving to name a few) that the Huffington Post listed for Port Rowan there was not one mention of birds.
So just to help out Huffington Post readers I figured some further information was in order.
Six Things you need to Know about Birds in the Port Rowan Long Point Area
1. Port Rowan is situated within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Reserves are internationally designated protected areas intended to show a balanced relationship between people and nature. There are 16 in Canada.
2. Because of its geographic location, sticking out 32 km into Lake Erie, Long Point attracts large numbers of birds during migration. Many birds, tiring as they fly over Lake Erie in the spring, head to Long Point as the nearest landing point. Here they can rest and feed before continuing on their journey.
3. According to E-bird Canada, four hundred species of birds have been observed in Norfolk County – most in Port Rowan/Long Point. That is more than 81% of the species that have been recorded in Ontario.
4. So it makes sense that Port Rowan is home to the national office of Bird Studies Canada (BSC), Canada’s leading national charitable organization dedicated to bird science and conservation.
|Old Cut Field Station|
5. Affiliated with BSC is the Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO). Founded in 1960, LPBO was the first organization of its type in North America. Three research and banding stations are operated by LPBO where they have banded an amazing total of 972,216 birds since 1960. The Old Cut field station, a ten minute drive from Port Rowan, is open to the public beginning this weekend (April 1).
|Black Tern at the Wetlands last Spring|