Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Upgrades Web Presence

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy  delivers a fresh and inviting Internet presence on recently updated Web pages to enhance a strong commitment to environmental protection and conservation.

Learning resources about flora and fauna (i.e., plant life, animal life), maps of preserve properties with walking trails, events listings (two dedications coming up!), and details about membership are only a few of the important features.

Take a few minutes to delve into the rich environment which makes a visit to the Bass Islands so meaningful!


Massie Cliffside Preserve Rewards Trail Walkers

Lake Erie Conservation

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Massie Cliffside Preserve, one of South Bass Island’s beautiful nature sites open to the public, offers a wonderful respite from the hub of entertainment and dining in downtown Put-in-Bay.  Pack binoculars, a picnic, or fishing gear and escape into Lake Erie serenity!

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy explains, “The eleven-acre shoreline parcel on the East Point of South Bass Island includes cliff habitat and a great dock for fishing. It was purchased with Clean Ohio Conservation Funds, the Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program, private donations, and landowner donations in 2015.


Put-in-Bay Township Park District Preserves Middle Bass Island Land

Middle Bass IslandOn May 29, 2020, the Put-in-Bay Township Park District (PIBTPD) purchased 2.83 acres of lakefront on the eastern most point of Middle Bass Island from the Cleveland family. This makes our current preserve of 8 acres almost 11 contiguous acres of wooded shoreline-superb migratory bird habitat. It has been the site of Tom Bartlett’s bird banding operations since 2009. We are also excited that the PIBTPD and Lake Erie Islands Conservancy (LEIC) have been able to preserve over 113 acres now on the Bass Islands.

These lands are being conserved, in part, by funding and technical assistance made available by TC Energy and its subsidiary Columbia Gas Transmission’s Leach XPress Pipeline Project in partnership with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Conservation Fund. The Clean Ohio Conservation Fund provided a large grant through their District 5. The remainder of the funds were provided by the Put-in-Bay Township Park District and donations from the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy. We wish to thank the Cleveland family for working with us on the purchase, Ohio water trailsNeal Hess as conservation realtor, Marsha Collett as legal advisor, and Judy Twarek-Bickley of Hartung Title for her assistance.

Schmidlin Construction will be installing a split rail fence along the northern edge of the parcel, removing metal debris and an old storage barn for the park district. Because the old barn was home to bats, Casey Carty built a bullet bat house that will be put in place on site for the bats. We will eventually extend the current foot path through the Cleveland parcel as well. This summer EnviroScience will be visiting the preserve to remove some invasive trees and plants such as amur honeysuckle, callery pear, and English ivy.

We are very excited to be able to preserve these beautiful termini of Middle Bass Island. The rocky shores and reef that extends from the point are important fish and mussel habitat and great for shoreline fishing. The wooded shores are a perfect stopover habitat for migratory birds. The woods are an interesting mix with many Ohio Buckeye and Kentucky Coffee trees. Now the Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve is almost 11 acres for walking, birding, and a stop on the Lake Erie Islands Water Trail. Paddle on over and enjoy the area soon!

And most important- a big THANK YOU to all of our supporters–together we have been able to preserve some beautiful places to enjoy!!! Your donations have allowed us to be able to offer funds toward these purchases!

Lisa Brohl, Chair, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

Nature & Wildlife Center Revises Camp Procedures

Put in Bay Nature CenterNature Camp at Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center (LEINWC) has been a huge part of island summers for many kids over the years and will be for years to come. This year with the pandemic, we have decided to do camp differently. We will not be holding in-person camp as we usually do, but will instead be providing activity kits for campers to do on their own or with their families at home and around the islands. These kits will have all the activities (and more!) that they would have done during camp. As always, they will get lots of goodies in their Camp bags, this year including a nice drawstring bag. We are working on several different ways to ensure a fun and meaningful experience for our campers while learning about bugs and exploring the islands.

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We are extremely disappointed that we cannot run camp like normal this summer; however, the safety of our campers and their families, as well as our staff and volunteers, is our utmost priority.  Despite this unusual situation, we are working hard to provide a fun island experience to all campers who register! I have attached the registration forms for both Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. Please email or call us with any questions. We hope you will consider supporting the Nature & Wildlife Center by registering your kids for camp this summer!

PIB Nature Camp Registration Form 2020

MBI Nature Camp Registration Form 2020

Thank you and be well!
Renée Fultz
Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center