A major effort is planned for this weekend to cleanup the most fragile and remote part of Presque Isle. About 80 volunteers will spend Saturday morning picking up litter and debris at Gull Point. at the eastern tip of the park.
The area of the peninsula is off limits to visitors 8 months of the year. It serves at a bird sanctuary from April-November.
Gull Point is a place of rare natural beauty, constantly changing with wind, waves and ice. But there is also trash marring the landscape. Everything from cans and bottles to plastic and tires. The worry is the harm that debris can cause to migrating birds that spend time at Gull Point.
Environmental Educator Emily Hauser said, "We really want to get that area nice and cleaned up for them. So they have ample space to not only nest but eat. And they don't mistake any of the litter for maybe something edible or something they can get tangled up in, injured and maybe unable to fly."
The volunteers who will be doing the cleanup have to cover a lot of ground. Just getting to the area is a 1.5 mile hike.