Written by Denise Deby.

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), Petrie Island – D. Gordon E. Robertson on Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Solitary_Sandpiper,_Petrie_Island.jpg Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Discover Petrie Island! This wonderful spot on the Ottawa River offers walking trails, an interpretive centre, a wildflower garden, a beach, a picnic area and nature galore—including more than 130 bird species, several turtle species and 29 rare plant species.

The Friends of Petrie Island maintains part of the area on behalf of the City of Ottawa. The volunteer-run group also offers nature programs (including children’s programs) and events.

This Saturday, May 30, 2015, there’s an Island Spring Clean Up and BBQ with Ecology Ottawa. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/885730521489011/

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, there’ll be a Nature Walk focused on Wild Edibles with Peggi Calder. Details and registration here.

Check the Friends’ event page for upcoming events in June and beyond: http://www.petrieisland.org/events (Check out their volunteer opportunities, too.)

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