MapleCross Meadow at Staley Point
Wolfe Island, Ontario

Nature Conservancy of Canada – 2019
33 hectares (81 acres)

Wolfe Island, at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, is a place of biological, historical and cultural significance. Serving as a stopover for waterfowl and other migratory birds, it provides wintering grounds for snowy owl, gyrfalcon, rough-legged hawk and other northern raptors. The island has a vibrant agricultural community and is a favourite destination for birders and photographers.

In 2020, with the support of MapleCross, the Nature Conservancy of Canada purchased the 33-hectare (81-acre) Staley Point property at the western end of Wolfe Island. Staley Point’s large marsh wetlands on the south side of the property filter water flowing off the island into Lake Ontario, while providing habitat for an impressive suite of waterfowl. The expansive grasslands are home to large numbers of migratory, at-risk birds, such as bobolink and eastern meadowlark, and provide habitat for the endangered monarch butterfly along its epic migration route.

“MapleCross has recently collaborated with NCC to help protect an environmentally sensitive island in Lake Huron. We are extremely pleased to continue our support towards acquiring and preserving other ecologically significant properties on The Great Lakes. We hope to inspire individuals and communities to invest in nature and join us in partnership with NCC towards retaining the unique and important biodiversity of Lake Ontario.” Drs. Isobel Ralston and Jan Oudenes (MapleCross).

Content and property pictures courtesy of: The Nature Conservancy of Canada at natureconservancy.ca