Point Pelee National Park—located in the Canadian province of Ontario—consists of a peninsula of land, mainly of marsh and woodland habitats, that tapers to a sharp point as it extends into Lake Erie. Point Pelee is seriously commited not only to amateur astronomy, but also to preserving the darkness of the night sky, and likely contains the most pristine skies in southern Ontario. A stargazer who is familiar with the site told EarthSky the following: “Point Pelee National Park is designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Windsor Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). It is the southernmost point of land in Canada, and there is no light pollution. Every month there is a Dark Sky Night with members of the RASC. On these nights, the park stays open late.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.