Fauna

This area is home to a rich variety of wildlife, including mammals, migrating songbirds, waterfowl, birds of prey, snakes, frogs, turtles and insects. 

An abundant number of deer roam the woods, alongside raccoons, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and weasels. The marshland is essential to the spring and fall migration of over 380 different species of birds, as well as the monarch butterfly migration.

When settlers arrived in Norfolk County, the area was abundant with wild turkeys; hence the name of Turkey Point. But these new settlers, not knowing how to properly manage wildlife populations, decimated their numbers through hunting (both for food and sport), and the conversion of land from native forest cover to fields for agriculture. Wild turkeys were extirpated from the area by 1909. The government began a re-introduction program in the 1980s to re-establish populations of wild turkey throughout Ontario. The trapping and transfer of over 4,400 wild turkeys from various locations in the northeastern United States occurred from 1986-1987 and these turkeys were released at over 275 different locations across Ontario, one of them being in Turkey Point. The bird has had such a successful recovery that a turkey hunt has been re-established to keep the bird in check; there are now over 70,000 wild turkeys in southern Ontario.

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