Eastern silvery blue butterflies, ON (Photo by NCC)
Help protect an important part of Prince Edward County’s heritage
On the south coast of Prince Edward County lies the Hudgin-Rose property — 76 acres (31 hectares) of biologically rich alvar, grassland and wetland habitats that are home to Blanding’s turtle, monarch and eastern whip-poor-will.
Part of the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), the property and the south coast generally provide vital staging and stopover habitat for a wide variety of migratory birds. The surrounding area has also provided habitat for a variety of bat species, such as the at-risk little brown myotis, big brown bat, hoary bat, the migratory silver-haired bat and eastern red bat.
This unique landscape has a long human and natural history. Originally settled by the Moses Hudgin family, the property is home to a historic log cabin that dates back to 1865. The Rose family later cared for the land and the building, and their stewardship led to the heritage designation for the cabin. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is committed to complying with the heritage bylaw and will work with local groups to maintain the historic building into the future.
The Hudgin-Rose project is a chance to add an important piece to a growing network of conservation lands. The property lies next to the much celebrated and locally cherished Ostrander Point Crown Land block and is just west of the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area (NWA) — an important migratory bird hot spot.
Just a bit further west lies the 490-acre (198-hectare) Miller Family Nature Reserve, owned and stewarded by the Hastings-Prince Edward Land Trust (HPELT), and protected with financial assistance from NCC. NCC and HPELT are committed to working together to protect and care for the Hudgin-Rose property and other lands as part of the Point Petre to Prince Edward Point Conservation Project.
Prince Edward County South Shore
The South Shore peninsula of Prince Edward County has exceptional natural heritage value due to the habitats and species it supports. It is designated as a globally significant Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA).
IBAs are areas that have been identified as globally important for bird conservation using internationally agreed upon scientific criteria.
The south shore of the IBA encompasses about 30 kilometres of shoreline, the only lengthy, undeveloped strip of shoreline remaining in Prince Edward County. It is, indeed, one of the few shorelines of Lake Ontario that has remained undeveloped.
The popularity of Prince Edward County has grown in recent years, and opportunities to acquire undeveloped lands in a network such as this are becoming increasingly rare. NCC, HPELT and our other partners have a rare chance to protect this important mosaic of habitats before it’s too late. But we need to act fast.
Eastern Lake Ontario coast — a priority for conservation
The eastern Lake Ontario coast and surrounding lands contain a rich mosaic of coastal wetlands, forests, streams, sand beaches and dunes, islands and alvars. They include world-class coastline and provide critical habitat for grassland and migratory birds. The area is home to a multitude of plant and animal species, many of which are provincially, nationally and globally rare.
NCC is actively working to help conserve priority lands in this area, stretching from Brighton and Presqu’ile Provincial Park to just west of Gananoque, and south to include Prince Edward County and associated coastal islands.