Jennifer Dattels Baril Hemlock

Jennifer Dattels Baril Hemlock

Completion of Dattels Point au Baril Reserve

Dattels Reserve Expanded A 10-year dream fulfilled in Pointe au Baril

Jennifer Dattels is delighted to announce the completion of a 10-year vision with the addition of 5.4 acres to Pointe au Baril’s Dattels Reserve. The reserve now covers an entire 10-acre island in Hemlock Channel.

The Dattels Reserve was first created in 2009, when Jennifer Dattels purchased the eastern side of the undeveloped island and donated it to the GBLT. After waiting for nearly a decade, Jennifer says “my dreams were realized last year when the western half of the island came up for sale, allowing for a further purchase and donation to the GBLT. This made the Dattels Reserve complete at last. It is my pleasure to have protected the island from development, and to have preserved the natural beauty of Hemlock Channel.”

Pictured, volunteer Eric Woodley holds a juvenile Eastern Milksnake found living on the property this past summer.
Pictured, volunteer Eric Woodley holds a juvenile Eastern Milksnake found living on the property this past summer.

The Dattels Reserve is home to at least six species at risk: Eastern Musk Turtle, Midland Painted Turtle, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, Eastern Foxsnake, and Eastern Milksnake. It’s quite likely that other species at risk, in addition to many non-threatened species, also make use of the island’s habitat, which includes rock barrens, mixed forest, and a coastal marsh.

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Situated in an area that includes both cottage development and neighbouring protected spaces, the Dattels Reserve is an important link in Pointe au Baril’s network of conserved habitats for its many native species.