Chatham, ON – This summer, thousands of tourists and local residents will visit Erieau Beach for some fun in the sun. However, many people might not be aware that the beach’s sand dunes are home to rare and at-risk plant species that make Erieau Beach a unique and fascinating ecosystem.
Chatham-Kent residents are invited to join the Blue Flag program team on August 20 for a free workshop to learn more about these special plants and how to identify them. Participants will also learn how to differentiate native plants from problematic invasive species.
WHEN: Thursday, August 20th
TIME: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Erieau Fire Hall, 780 Ross Lane, Erieau, 
WHAT: Erieau Beach Plant Identification Workshop
WHO: Rebecca Hay, botanist; Brett Tryon, Blue Flag program manager; Christie Ulicny, Blue Flag program coordinator
PHOTO OP: Participants touring the beach and learning about different plants
COST: Free. Space is limited. Register at environmentaldefence.ca/erieau.
The Blue Flag is an international eco-certification for beaches and marinas that meet high water quality, safety and environmental standards, including protecting sensitive habitats such as sand dunes. Erieau Beach is currently working towards Blue Flag status. More details about the Blue Flag program can be found at BlueFlag.ca.
About Environmental Defence (environmentaldefence.ca):  Environmental Defence is the Canadian Operator of the Blue Flag Program. Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
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For more information, or interview requests, please contact:
Jennifer Mayville, jmayville@environmentaldefence.ca, 416-323-9531 ext. 228, 905-330-0172 (cell)