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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Explore Pelee mid-summer madness

Explore Pelee has been hard at work this summer, and loving every minute of it! In the last few weeks we have moved thousands of people around the island, and we have met so many fantastic people! We are truly grateful for what we do! This newsletter features some exciting upcoming specialty events, introduces our new staff, and features our contest of the month! 
Join us on Friday August 28th, for Explore Pelee's first ever Stand-up Paddle Board and Kayak Full Moon Social! The event will begin at 8:30pm, where everyone will be able to watch the sunset.  Once the sun has set and the moon is out, we will all paddle out, view the moon and star-gaze! This event will be FREE! Please reserve your spot by calling 519-325-8687.

Location: North Dock

Important information: Participants must bring their own SUP and kayaking equipment, and are responsible for their own life-jackets, etc. People are welcome to canoe, paddle-boat, swim, etc.

Rain Date: Saturday August 29th, 2015. 
For the month of August, Explore Pelee is challenging you to find the alpacas on the island (located at Vu-Shorgo Community Farm) and take a selfie with one of them! Upload your selfie to Twitter, tag @ExplorePelee and #ExplorePeleeAlpacas.  Our favourite alpaca selfie will be chosen to win a sweet treat and coffee at Conorlee's Bakery on us! Tip: following @ExplorePelee on Twitter may up your chances of winning! 
Meet our new tour guide, Astri! 
Astri has been a nature nut for as long as she can remember. In fact, as a child she formed a club whose primary goal was to educate her classmates on the role bees play in the pollination process and why killing them indiscriminately is wrong. When Astri began studying at Wilfrid Laurier University, she had intended to major in business or political science, however, she didn’t enjoy those classes as much as those in the environmental sciences. She switched her focus and also took a summer job as a tree planter, which she continued for 5 summers, planting forests in Northern Ontario, B.C. and Alberta. Astri later began her Master of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, travelling to Sweden for the summer of 2013 to study the adaptive capacity of Swedish reindeer herding communities. Having relocated to Essex County, Astri felt unfulfilled by the employment opportunities she found in the city, and jumped at the chance to have a new adventure on Pelee Island. This summer marks her first visit to the island, and she has loved every minute of it! Sharing knowledge about the natural and human history of the island has been a blast, and it helps that she loves the sound of her own voice.
Meet our new tour guide, Vince! 
Explore Pelee welcomes Vincent! He was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada when he was just 7 years old. His interest in the wilderness started when he was younger, and it led him to study biology and zoology at the University of Guelph.  He assisted researchers with Operation Wallacea during his studies and visited Honduras and South Africa.  After graduation he worked in the Philippines and then decided to go back to South Africa to train and work as a FGASA field guide. He trained with the Bushwise and interned at Nkambeni Lodge which ran tours inside Kruger National Park.  He has experience viewing the dangerous animals, using larger caliber rifles, off-road driving, and tracking animals. He came to Pelee Island for the new experiences and adventures. He hopes to absorb as much knowledge of Pelee Island as he can from the Explore Pelee team and become one of the regulars on the island! 
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