Long Point Biosphere

The Long Point Biosphere Region is an area of global ecological significance that makes an ongoing commitment to the United Nations to strive for sustainability. Visitors and residents are inspired to coexist in harmony with nature.

It is located in Norfolk County, on the north shore of Lake Erie in the heart of Carolinian Canada.

Hosting more endangered species per-capita than the rest of Canada, it is home to the greatest number of plants and animals and the highest densities of wildlife in all of Canada.

Land acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we are located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The Long Point Biosphere Region stands in sovereignty on these treaty lands with the Mississaugas of the Credit.


Friends of the LPBR

Become a FRIEND of the LPBR to show your support for the programs and services of the Long Point Biosphere Region.

Become a Friend of the LPBR with a donation of $25.00/ year or more!

When you become a Friend you:

  • Join a community organization of like minded individuals who care about learning, sharing, preserving and enjoying local natural areas
  • Receive a subscription to the Friends newsletter
  • Receive a receipt for income tax purposes for your donation
  • Support the Long Point Biosphere Region’s mission to collaborate to enhance ecosystem and community well-being, and unite people with nature.

New NatureHood Videos

With funding from Nature Canada, our NatureHood program went virtual this past year.

Due to Covid-19 new videos were produced to showcase the wonderful natural beauty and fragile ecosystem at locations where we normally take our students. We will feature new videos every couple of weeks so be sure to visit our website home page over the next couple of months to see them all.

We have seen a dramatic shift in the way children spend their time, with less time playing outside and more time spent indoors, sedentary and screen-based. Excessive screen time is having negative health impacts on Canadian children.

Vernal pools provide critical habitat for many species, including wood frogs, Jefferson salamanders and fairy shrimp. They dry out in the summer and vernal pools don’t support fish which might otherwise eat the eggs or young of these species. Frogs and Salamanders are widely accepted as environmental indicators and are important to Ontario’s biodiversity.

Students that join us on a trip to the Long Point Bird Observatory get an experience of a lifetime. This trip is highly recommended for anyone interested in birds. Long Point, Ontario, Canada is one of the most exciting places on the continent to observe our rich birdlife. LPBO biologists and visitors have studied birds here since 1960, and over 400 bird species have been observed in the Long Point area.

In southwestern Ontario’s Norfolk County lies an incredible natural oasis known as Backus Woods. This spectacular older-growth forest is home to some of the oldest living trees in Ontario and is one of the best remaining examples of Carolinian forest in Canada. A haven for species at risk, Backus Woods provides important habitat for prothonotary and cerulean warblers, Louisiana waterthrush, eastern foxsnake, Blanding’s turtle and Jefferson salamander.

Big Creek National Wildlife Area is located at the base of the Long Point peninsula on the north shore of Lake Erie. It consists of 3,250 hectares (8,030 acres) provincially significant wetlands. It is home to wildlife including birds, frogs, turtles and many other species that depend upon wetland habitats. The wetlands are a major staging area for waterfowl and hundreds of species of birds that use the area during their migrations in the spring and fall seasons.

Recent news

Keeping an eye on the sky

Whether we think about it or not, birds are an important part of our lives. They are as important to us as they are to the many ecosystems which they play integral roles in sustaining.

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Watch for Wildlife on Local Roads this Spring

Now that the first turtles are emerging from their winter naps, motorists should start watching for them crossing local roads. That’s the message of a postcard being mailed out this week to all households in Norfolk County by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in support of its Long Point Walsingham Forest Priority Place (LPWF) conservation project.

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