The route includes unpaved trails and sandy beaches, which would be challenging for scooters and wheelchairs. Participants are encouraged to wear boots suitable for soggy terrain, as some flooding is evident on the island.
This year's walk on Petrie Island will focus on the turtles living here and the work being done to protect turtle habitat on the island and in the surrounding wetlands. We'll be viewing basking turtles and turtle nesting sites.
Learn more about the turtles and turtle habitat of Petrie Island at www.petrieisland.org/naturetour/turtles.htm, including a charming slideshow by Jim Robertson featuring the Petrie Island turtle population.
The tour route is along trails and beaches on Petrie Island. The route is over flat terrain, but there are some sandy parts. There may be some muddy areas and standing water, depending on the weather leading up to the Jane's Walk weekend. Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are recommended. We will change the route if necessary to avoid any floodwater, but there may be some wet and muddy spots to cross.
Al is Chairman of the Friends of Petrie Island, who are dedicated to preserving this unique natural area and ensuring that the turtle population is protected from human activities at Petrie Island.