03 PM | 13 Aug

Parks Canada Summer 2018 Update

Blueberry Festival – Look for Parks Canada activities at the Blueberry Festival! We will have a children’s day activity booth and a Parks Canada float in the parade! Updates from Greenwich, PEI National Park Beach Supervision – Surf guards are on duty daily at Greenwich beach from 11 AM to 5 PM until August 20. Programming – Discovery Zone will continue at Greenwich Dunes Trail on Tuesdays from 10 to 12 PM and Thursdays from 1 to 3 PM until August 30. The Greenwich Interpretation Centre is open from 9 AM to 5 PM until September 14. Species at Risk in the Greenwich area of PEI National Park

Piping plover

Greenwich is an important breeding habitat for the endangered piping plover. Parks Canada has been monitoring Greenwich for piping plover activity ever since 1998, when Greenwich was first incorporated as a part of Prince Edward Island National Park. The tip of the Greenwich peninsula and the outflow of Schooner’s Pond have been the most productive areas for piping plovers over the last decade. In 2018, one breeding pair was present at Schooner’s Pond outflow. The male in this pair had been previously banded by Canadian Wildlife Services at the Rustico Causeway in PEI National Park in 2014 but has since utilized the habitat at Schooner’s Pond outflow for breeding each year since 2015. Greenwich is important not only for breeding, but piping plovers also use this long stretch of beach for feeding and resting before beginning their migration south for the winter.

Bats

Due to a combination of threats such as habitat destruction, pesticides, wind turbines, and particularly the emergence and spread of white-nose syndrome, the concern for the three Canadian bat species in PEI National Park has risen. In 2014, three bat species (Tri-colored Bat, Northern Myotis, and Little Brown Myotis) were listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), enacting legal protections on individuals and their residences (e.g., roosts and hibernacula). Prince Edward Island National Park began monitoring bat activity in 2015, including sites in Greenwich, to help understand what species are present and detect changes in the activity levels of these species. PEI National Park continues to monitor bat activity in 2018 in Greenwich wetlands and has been expanded to monitor infrastructure that has the potential to be overwintering sites (hibernacula) for these bats.