Bird Count and Pancake Breakfast!

Our first event of the season is coming up this Sunday, May 17th. Our Annual Bird Count will also feature a Pancake Breakfast at 9 a.m. at the main beach. Come out and meet some Friends. It’s $14.50 for your vehicle (we’ll be selling day passes at the beach). Here are some details:

5:30 a.m. START: meet at the Lally Homestead. Not much in the way of interpretation here, just listening, looking and counting birds. Bring good footwear and binoculars and prepare to get a little wet from the grass. We hope to at least get close to our best ever count of 86 species.
8 a.m. START: meet at the main beach for this 1-hour hike around the campground. This one’s more of an interpretive hike so although binoculars would be better, they’re not absolutely necessary.
9 a.m. PANCAKES: bring some money. This is a fundraiser for the Friends.
See you bright and early!

American Redstart captured during the annual bird count!

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2015 Events and AGM

Our 2015 events are now posted, and the Friends’ Annual General Meeting is kicking things off on Sunday, April 26. Please join us at McMartin House in Perth, 125 Gore St. E. for our annual meeting and a slide show presented by our own Tobi Kiesewalter outlining the Friends’ many accomplishments as we celebrate our 20th birthday! The festivities run from 1 to 3 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Check our events page to see the line-up for the rest of the season – with more to come!

Jane and Dave Dancing 1

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It’s Our Birthday!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of Murphys Point Park! Since 1995 we have done some amazing things for Murphys Point. We have hired dozens of students, helped to fund interpretive displays and publications, assisted with research efforts related to species at risk (especially our Gray Ratsnakes), built a bridge with partners, conducted archaeology, hosted educational programs for kids, spearheaded the award-winning Heritage Mica Days – and so much more!

In our birthday year, we’re having a membership drive! If you are already a member and have not yet renewed your membership for 2015, please head over to our membership page. You can pay online or print off the form and mail it in. If you are not yet a member – please join the fun!

We are also encouraging current members to “Make a Friend”! For every new person you encourage to become a Friend of Murphys Point, your name will be entered to win an Ontario Parks Summer Pass, which means you can use any provincial park in Ontario during the day. All you have to do is make sure the New Friend puts your name in the special instructions box when paying online through our website or on the printable form if mailing it in. The draw will be held on April 26 at our Annual General Meeting.

$20 for 20 years….For our 20th birthday, we are hoping you will consider making a donation of $20 (or any amount) to the Friends! As the costs of running a not-for-profit charitable organization continue to rise, we could use your help to ensure we can continue our efforts to enhance the natural heritage education program at Murphys Point. You can make a donation here. Thank you in advance for your help! Charitable receipts will be issued.

Finally, please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 26, when we will be having our Annual General Meeting. Details to follow. We’ll be looking for directors, though, so if you are interested in getting involved, please let us know.

Thank you for your continued support of the Friends of Murphys Point Park – together we are doing wonderful things for this special place!

image of Common Loon

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