Wed. Nov 29th, 2023
Introducing Monarch Point Conservation Reserve!

We are proud to celebrate the establishment of Monarch Point Conservation Reserve, a new conservation reserve on the south coast of Prince Edward County!

Over the past few years, our staff and partners have worked incredibly hard to establish this new protected area which supports many ecological, geological, recreational and cultural heritage values.

After completing the environmental assessment and assessment, as well as listening to feedback from Ontarians, the 3,971-acre (1,607 ha) areas formerly known as the Ostrander Crown Land Block and Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area are now regulated as a conservation reserve under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act of 2006.

The designation will strengthen the long-term protection and health of local wildlife and ecosystems.

A monarch butterfly perched on a long purple flower stem in a field

Why is this area called “Monarch Point”?

We’re so glad you asked!

There are several factors for these sites to meet the criteria required to become a protected area, but their namesake comes from the southern coast of Prince Edward County being recognized as an International Monarch Butterfly Reserve!

Two monarch butterflies perched on a blooming milkweed plant

During migration season, Monarch Point provides an important space for butterflies during their journey south.

Monarch Point is also recognized as a globally significant Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. Canada IBAs are designated by meeting one of two criteria:

  • It is home to a large number of birds (1% of the world or continental population, mainly various waterfowl)
  • Species listed as threatened (either at risk globally or nationally)
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    Monarch Point protects several at-risk species, including turtles, a provincially significant wetland, and a globally rare alvar ecosystem. The plants found here are uniquely adapted to withstand the harsh flood and drought conditions that can occur in the shallow soil above bedrock.

    A grassy field leading to a wooded area with evergreen trees.

    Is this a space we can visit?

    While conservation reserves typically receive a lower level of use compared to provincial parks, you can still visit them.

    Monarch Point offers recreational opportunities such as hiking, bird watching and hunting.

    If you visit, treat Monarch Point (and all conservation reserves) with extra care.making sure not to trample sensitive areas or leave trash behind.

    Thank you and congratulations to everyone who helped make the Monarch Point Conservation Reserve a reality!

    We would like to thank all of our partners, including the South Shore Joint Initiative, for their conservation efforts and support in creating this new conservation reserve.

    We hope to see this area protected and enjoyed for generations to come.