............................north end of Trim Rd, Orleans
The route includes unpaved trails, sandy beaches, and muddy patches, all of which would be challenging for scooters and wheelchairs.
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.
Participants are encouraged to wear hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes that are suitable for soggy terrain, as there may be some flooding on the island. We will change the route to avoid any flooded areas, but there may be some wet and muddy spots to cross.
Update: There is some flooding on the island. Rubber boots or waterproof hiking boots are recommended.
Al is Chairman of the Friends of Petrie Island, a group dedicated to preserving this unique natural area and ensuring that the turtle population is protected from human activities at Petrie Island. Visit their website at www.petrieisland.org.