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Point Pelee National Park

Point Pelee's Habitat Restoration Project

Habitat Restoration Project

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Removing invasive and exotic species
Clearing savannah areas opens habitat for sun-loving plants and animals such as the eastern prickly pear cactus and five-lined skink. Once Species at Risk are identified and protected, Parks Canada staff hand-pulls, cut and/or at times apply herbicide directly to remove invasive or exotic species of plants.

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Prescribed burning
Prescribed burns helps eliminate exotic species of grasses and creates a patchy mosaic of native plants at different levels, ages, and sizes. Native grasses and flowers can grow in these improved conditions feeding butterflies and birds such as the giant swallowtail and yellow-breasted chat.

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Volunteers planting native species
Hand in hand with volunteers, grasses and flowers are planted to restore native plant communities that provide food and shelter for many birds and butterflies.

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Open savannah habitat
See the map for restoration areas.

The first restoration sites are Sparrow Field and the western shoreline located near the West Beach.

Many people, animals, and plants have called Point Pelee's savannah their home. Restoration of these sites aims to improve the savannah habitat so animals and plants can continue to live here – especially the 25% of the Species at Risk that the savannah presently protects. These habitat improvements also provide wildlife viewing opportunities for your enjoyment.

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