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Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation

Town: The Long Point area

Ontario Nature Region: Carolinian East

The Long Point area, comprising 26,250 hectares, was designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in April, 1986, the third to be named in Canada and one of 15 biosphere reserves found in this country today. It provides an example of the Great Lakes coastal ecosystem and a unique blend of habitats long uninterrupted beaches, undisturbed sand dunes, grassy ridges, wet meadows, woodlands, marshes and ponds, coldwater streams, and the shallow Inner Bay. Its delicate dunes and marshes teem with songbirds, spawning fish, turtles and frogs. Long Point is a world-renowned refuge and stopover for migrating birds in fall and spring, and waterfowl viewing is excellent in March and April. In August and September tens of thousands of Monarch Butterflies congregate on Long Point, briefly resting before continuing on their way to their Mexican wintering grounds.

The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation (LPWBRF) is dedicated to conserving biodiversity, promoting sustainable communities, and partnering in research, monitoring, outreach and education. We partner with local organizations, government, and individuals on a number of community-based projects including the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project, the Sustainable Tourism Stakeholders Group, and the OPG Forest Corridor-Carbon Sequestration Project. IN 2009 we formed a very successful local chapter of Kids for Turtles, an environmental outreach project for local youth, and are planning the first Carolinian Forest Festival for Norfolk, Brant and Haldimand in 2010.

Visit the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation website for more information.

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or info@ontarionature.org.

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