Introducing Cognashene’s Portage Island Reserve

Posted on July 20, 2017

Cognashene’s turtles, fish, birds and more have a permanent place to call home at the newly protected Portage Island Reserve. Donated to the Georgian Bay Land Trust by Rob and Val Thompson, this 5 acre property contains a variety of key habitats for local species.

A long shoreline on a sheltered bay means this property is home to high quality wetlands where at-risk species like the Northern Map Turtle thrive. Mixed deciduous and coniferous forest and shrubbed rock barrens round out the property, allowing many species to easily travel between the different habitat types they need throughout their life cycle.

The Portage Island Reserve is especially ecologically valuable due to its proximity to the Cognashene Lake Conservation Reserve and a portion of Georgian Bay Islands National Park. These linkages are important for establishing natural corridors that allow species to migrate, adapt to changing climatic conditions, and survive in a dynamic environment.

Thank you to Rob and Val Thompson for your generosity and your contribution to a healthy Cognashene!