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Learn how geology and history affect the biodiversity of County’s South Shore

South Shore Prince Edward County. – David Coulson, NCC photo

Join the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists via ‘Zoom’ to hear Les Stanfield explain how geology and history affect the biodiversity of the South Shore of Prince Edward County.

The naturalists are meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26 via the internet ‘Zoom’ platform at 7 p.m. Non-members are welcome. RSVP for the Zoom link

The group’s annual general meeting begins at 7 p.m., followed by the members’ meeting. Non-members can be admitted later if they wish to skip the business part of the meeting.

Stanfield’s presentation will take the group from the origins of County geology 176 million years ago to present day, with emphasis on uses of the South Shore by indigenous tribes and European settlers.

Geology and subsequent glacial scraping resulted in the karst geology of the South Shore, making it poor farming land but excellent habitat for wildlife. More recently, South Shore areas were used for defence training and aerial bombing practice, during and after the Second World War. Ultimately, the area was developed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as a hunting and fishing resource.

Stanfield worked as a research biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources for more than 30 years, most of that time in Prince Edward County, where he lives and plays.

For much of his career he worked on trying to understand the historical factors that caused Atlantic salmon to disappear in Lake Ontario. He looks at issues with one eye on the past and one on the future, as people work toward repairing damaged landscapes from past activities while building more resilient eco-healthy communities for the future.


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