Exploring Canada and Point Pelee National Park

“The first Vicki Penziner-Matson Field Trip of the 2011-12 school year took place September 30 – October 2, 2011. For the first time in many years, we returned to Ontario to observe the fall migration of birds, especially raptors (hawks, eagles and falcons) on the north shore of Lake Erie. Twenty folks participated–four faculty and 16 students. The following is a synopsis of the trip.

We departed from Earlham on Friday afternoon at about 3 p.m. A sort of picnic dinner in NW Ohio was cut short by a rain squall, and we continued on to the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Canada. After a conversation with Canadian immigration/customs, we were on our way to Point Pelee National Park where we had campground reservations. We arrived in darkness and drizzle to find a well-appointed group campground with shelters, lights and clean facilities. At this point, the wind was howling out of the north and rain squalls were on us soon after the tents were up. Wind and rain dominated the night. …

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The Vicki Penziner-Matson Point Pelee National Park Field Trip in Canada is just one example of the off-campus experiences available to Earlham College students.