A local craft brewery launched an initiative earlier this month, to hold an island-wide beach clean up for June 24th. Our beaches can often become quite littered through the winter months with ocean going refuse. We all cherish clean shorelines, especially during the summer and this is possible often as a direct result of volunteer efforts.

A mass beach clean-up is an excellent idea, and many businesses got on board to help with the effort.

However, the Island Nature Trust stepped in and notified the business at the head of this plan that while a lovely sentiment, the timing was all wrong.

Our Island dunes are home to an endangered shorebird, the Piping Plover. And this is the time of year those little birds are making their nests and laying their eggs.

The concern of this group is that a large cleanup effort this time of year could disrupt these nesting birds and we can’t afford to lose a single one! According to a CBC article, the total population of Piping Plovers in PEI is at 61!

The brewery did the right thing and called off the event. They hope to host a clean up at the end of the summer instead.

So great to see companies large and small caring about our environment and doing the right thing.

That was one of the big news stories here on our Island this week! I just love living here.

Before I sign off, I have to wish all my fellow Dads a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. And to you moms and kids who made us dads, thank you for giving us the privilege. My heart goes out to those who lost their Dads for whatever reason. 

I’m not sure yet what Shirley and our daughters have in mind for me Sunday, but it doesn't really matter to me, I am blessed beyond every day with them being the larger part of who I am.

I would love to hear about your Father’s Day traditions and/or some of your stories that celebrate the father figure in your life.