Blackfly

What in the heck!? I understand Kingsville got a shipment of these little buggers in…? I was under the impression that they were reserved for well wooded cottages way up in Northern Ontario. Well evidently not. I was in Lakeside Park last week and what I thought was a harmless housefly began to gnaw away at my anklebone. I am not sure how Southern Ontario came to inherit these little pests, although I think I can speak for everyone when I say we are not very excited about it.

If you aren’t sure what I am referring to – well here is a great little number that will illustrate for you where they might of come from, and where they need to stay; a National Film Board short by Chris Hinton:

Point Pelee National Park

Remember summer? I know it is easy to forget, living in Canada (even at the southern tip), although it isn’t far away now… I’ll tell you; I was going through some photos of last summer’s trip to Point Pelee National park, and wow was I taken by how lush it is.  It is amazing to think that those trees are near bare just a few months earlier.



Sadly, in Essex County, about three percent of the total land area remains wooded. The largest natural area in the county lies within the boundaries of Point Pelee National Park


The park, which spans 20 square kms, is home to some of the most diverse species of plants and animals, more so than even the biggest of Canada’s national parks.  Namely, more than 370 species of birds have been recorded in Point Pelee and the surrounding area, making this one of the premiere birdwatching locations in North America.  Each spring birdwatchers from all around come to participate in the Festival of Birds.  Ironically, commercial fishing was allowed in the park until 1969 and  Point Pelee was the only Canadian national park to allow hunting until it was abolished in 1989.

Most Americans wouldn’t believe you if you told them Point Pelee’s latitudinal position is the same as the northernmost counties of California.  The climate is mild and reaches average highs of 27 degrees Celsius (80 Fahrenheit) in July.

When you spend the day at the lush, gorgeous park, it makes you appreciate that 3% of preserved land we are clinging onto in Essex County… it kind of makes you wish we preserved more.

Learn more about Point Pelee on the Parks Canada web resource.