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Skull Guy

Fire at Point Pelee

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I heard about that! Good thing it's now rather than later on (during the festival) when birds aren't migrating and there aren't many, if any, people there. 

I'm glad to hear that it's stopped.

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I suspect it wont have much impact on birding. It seems to have been contained before getting to the boardwalk. The section which burned only has canoe access, so not many people are in there.

In terms of birds, I'm not sure. Fire can be a useful regeneration process, but if non-native invasives like phragmites are the first to re-colonize it may have negative impact on the natural stuff used by marsh nesters.

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From what I remember and what I can see in the pictures, its a mix of cattail and phragmites. I agree that phragmites is more likely to come back in faster. I was thinking it might be good for spring birding in terms of being able to see a little further into the marsh with the dead vegetation gone in that area.

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Please pardon the language in the link, I have no control over it:

http://peleechickadee.blogspot.ca/2017/04/sunday-in-pelee-friends-fire-and-feces.html

It seems the fire got much closer to the boardwalk than was clear (and that it may have been arson...)

I am considering a drive down to SW Ontario on the weekend. Not sure if I will do Pelee or Rondeau. I'm leaning Rondeau, it is 90 minutes closer, and it is still a little too early for significant action at Pelee.

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