Pelee Island Camping Trip 2017

Pelee Island Camping Trip 2017

As the date of the 2107 Pelee Island camping trip approached, all the poor weather forecasts suddenly changed to show pleasant conditions for the entire duration of the trip!  A wonderful group of 20 LWI campers began arriving on Thursday for a great weekend of birding.  Lake Erie was smooth for the 1.5 hour long ferry ride aboard the SS Jiiman from Leamington. Many of the campers had been to the island in previous years and some were visiting the island for the first time. As a group, we moved around the island to observe the migrating birds, with an…
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Camping on Pelee Island

Camping on Pelee Island

Camping and birding at its best. We have tons of fun on what has become a favourite outing for many club members. We will explore all of the islands birding hot spots in pursuit of spring migrants such as warblers and thrushes. Learn more by reading Richard Wilson's review of the 2016 trip or contact Richard Wilson for more details. Book your ferry ride early and sign up soon. Limited camping spots available. Watch for other posts about Pelee Island to be added to the blog in the weeks and months before the event.
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Pelee Island Camping Trip Photos 2016 Part 2

Pelee Island Camping Trip Photos 2016 Part 2

I hope you enjoyed my earlier post about Pelee Island.  This latest post focuses on bird photos. As you may know, thousands of birds migrate through this area every spring.  Pelee Island is a stopover for many interesting species, and attracts avid birders.  Having access to some very experienced and knowledgeable LWI birders who attend this event makes the trip especially worthwhile.    For some competitive birders, Pelee Island offers the annual Botham Cup.  This event is a bird “race” taking place over a 24 hour period from Friday noon until Saturday noon.  Teams try and sight as many bird species…
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Pelee Island Camping Trip Photos 2016 Part 1

Pelee Island Camping Trip Photos 2016 Part 1

Every spring for many years now, LWI holds a group camping outing on Pelee Island.  2016 was the first year for myself and Roberta attending.  Pelee Island is an easy 1 hour and 30 minute ferry ride from Leamington.  The campground is located only a few kilometers from the ferry dock and is well situated for making forays to the various corners of the island. By late Thursday the LWI group camping site was well populated with tents, dining shelters, pop-up camper vans and one truck camper.  Some members come as early as Tuesday, with most departing back to the…
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Pelee Island Camping with Lambton Wildlife

Pelee Island Camping with Lambton Wildlife

Serious planning and commitment for the Lambton Wildlife spring camping trip to Pelee Island begins on April 1! April 1 is not the first day to sign-up, nor is it the first camping day. It is the first day that a camper can make a car reservation to the Pelee Island car ferry Jiiman. Space on the ferry is at a premium and it is very important to reserve a spot. Vehicle space fills quickly. The Jiiman is a 200 foot vessel capable of carrying 400 passengers and 40 vehicles. Once the ferry reservation is made, you have about five…
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Water Levels at Pelee Island

Water Levels at Pelee Island

During the LWI camping and birding trip to Pelee Island, May 5th to May 8th, 2016, we had the opportunity to walk a lot of Pelee Island and view the force of wind and water as we travelled from point to point. Walking to Fish Point on the south end of the island, we came across an area where sand and gravel had washed and blown inland 50 - 75 feet from the shore. The coarse material had covered up the trail for some distance and to a depth of about 50 cm, or 20 inches. As you can see…
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