The Essex County Field Naturalists’ Club (ECFNC) has been actively promoting nature conservation within the Lake Erie watershed since 1985. Their successful projects include the purchase of part of Stone Road Alvar on Pelee Island and implementation of the Natural Habitat Restoration Program (NHRP) through which they collect, process and distribute native shrub and tree seeds for sale and propagation.
Recently, ECFNC have installed a bald eagle nesting platform on Peche Island in the Detroit River atWindsor.This is a dot of green among industries and residences, but eagles enjoy nesting there. The nesting platform will allow scientists from the bald eagle recovery team to monitor the nest over the long term to determine species health. As eagles are a top predator, monitoring their health will give an indication of watershed health. ECFNC has also worked to improve wetland habitat at the Holiday Beach Conservation Area on Lake Erie near Windsor by getting a road removed. This helped restore the natural water flow and reduce access to the area, in the hopes that prothonatory warblers may return.