“This will be the first time I’m participating in cleaning up the site. It’s one of my favourite places on the Island so I’m really looking forward to it,” said Julie Nasseur, the Island’s program director for NCC.
“Percival River is a tidal river, so a lot of marine garbage and waste can get swept into the area.”
Tires tend to be the popular waste item in the river.
“There’s a very sandy bed to the river, so it’s a popular site for oyster fishermen which has ultimately led to a lot of tires to get stuck in the bed.”
On Saturday, Nasseur and other volunteers will head to the river to work on cleaning some 200 acres of land the NCC owns in the area.
“It will be a dirty day. But for those who aren’t too keen on getting really muddy they can help out with the waterfowl survey we’ll be conducting that day too.
“We’ll be working around the tides, so we are looking to start around noon and run until 4 p.m.”
One thing that adds to the river’s unique landscape is the trees surrounding the shoreline along with the low-lying, swampy territory, the forests and salt marshes, having been spared by agricultural conversion.
For the event, volunteers will hike into the wetlands and shoreline to collect garbage and survey the area for migratory bird species. The NCC encourages those participating to wear waterproof footwear, warm layers and rain gear. Snacks and water will be provided.
For more information go to https://events.natureconservancy.ca/al-event/hit-the-ground-muddin-percival-river-garbage-run/.