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The Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped protect over 4,650 acres of sensitive wetlands, forested areas and coastal shoreline across Prince Edward Island, including this site on Boughton Island near Cardigan in 2007.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada in Prince Edward Island is organizing an event on Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Murray Harbour to the five islands to clean the shores for the protection of wildlife and migratory birds from ingestion and inadvertent entanglement in traps.
The trip is 10 kilometres from the launch site, around the islands, and return.
Organizers are looking for experienced kayakers who have their own kayaks and life preservers to volunteer to paddle the groups across and they are looking for at least 20 volunteers to help collect marine debris.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is collaborating with the province of Prince Edward Island, the South East Environmental Association and the Island Nature Trust.
The province is providing a motor boat to pick up garbage bags from volunteers.
“This is important habitat for harbour seals, bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons, gulls, cormorants and sea ducks, which people may have a chance to see during the event,” says a news release from the conservancy.
“Sometimes items are illegally dumped and end up washing on shore,” notes the release. ”These items obviously cause an eyesore but also potentially cause pollution hazardous materials to leach into the ground or run into the water.”
Anyone who wants to register for the cleanup can do so by calling 1-877-231-4400 or visiting www.conservationvolunteers.ca.