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Carolinian Canada's EcoNews Live! includes notices and announcements about greening the future in Canada’s deep south from many groups across the zone.

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Rising Together: Collaborating to Protect Nature in the Carolinian Zone
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 , Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

This fall, you are invited to join a critical conversation about protecting our unique nature in the Carolinian Zone, together.

In the Carolinian Zone of Ontario, nature and wildlife are on the decline. This Zone is our most biologically diverse, populated and productive region. Local nature protects healthy air, soil and drinking water for 11 million people.

Join the conversation to develop a collaborative Carolinian Zone Protected Areas Strategy with public, private and indigenous partners.

Big Picture Protected Areas Webinar
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Carolinian Canada and the Big Picture Protected Areas Task Force are convening partners for a protected areas strategy for the Carolinian Zone from Toronto to Windsor. We invite you to join the conversation to enhance protection of our unique nature.

This initiative aims to take an enhanced collaborative approach to achieving greater area-based biodiversity conservation with a focus on place-based voluntary solutions supported by a network of private, public and indigenous partners.

This is a 45 minute Webinar recording - Learn all about the developing Protected Areas strategy.

Articles and Stories

Back to the City: Calling All Birds!

A lot of people connect with nature through birds. Recently, with a colleague, I conducted a bird inventory at The Living Centre, a fairly small 50-acre rural property just outside of the hamlet of Lambeth in southern Ontario.  The site has a diverse 25-acre forest, that includes a 3-acre swamp, and steep, vegetated canal, a ten-acre grassy old field and about 20 acres that are cultivated in herb and vegetable gardens in addition to a peace garden and other unique landscape features. Within a couple of hours, we had recorded nearly 50 species of breeding birds. For comparison, in Wortley Village, a quaint little nook of London, Ontario, we have about 15 varieties of birds that nest in the community. Why do we have fewer types of birds in the city than in the country? It’s pretty simple; rural areas have more food, more cover, and fewer dangers. Naturally, the question that follows is, “Is it possible to get more types of birds in the city?” The answer? Yes, but - and a big but here - we need to work and play at changing the urban landscape.

Reforesting the Thames River Floodplain

Carol and Jim Harrison’s property is located along the shores of the Middle Thames River in Oxford County. When the Harrisons joined the Landowner Leaders Program in December 2015, their property (aside from the residential portion) consisted of a 56-acre mature Maple-Beech woodland, 7 acres of cropland on high ground, 8 acres of cropland in the river’s floodplain, and a ¾ acre grass pasture for their alpacas. The vegetation buffer along the river’s edge already exceeded the minimum recommended width of 3 meters (10 ft) for the most part, but there were areas devoid of vegetation, thus allowing surface water to enter the river unfiltered.

The Harrisons and CCC developed a Carolinian Habitat Action Plan that identified specific actions that could be taken on their property to benefit nature.

A Wildlife Oasis of their Own

Denise and Wayne Shephard purchased a rural property near Wilkesport in 1990 so that they could easily reach their very own wildlife oasis from their home in nearby Wallaceburg, and enjoy time with family in a natural setting. Booth Creek runs through the property from east to west. At the time of purchase, there were 38 acres of deciduous woodland north of the creek, and a 12-acre abandoned hay field to the south.

Over the years, the Shephards have created diverse wildlife habitat on their land south of the creek. In 1999, Wayne purchased a backhoe to create a pond near the creek’s edge, but after hearing naturalists talk about the value of wetlands, Wayne decided to construct approximately two acres of wetlands in the northeast area of the hay field in 2002. The following year, St. Clair Conservation Area provided three rows’ worth of Nannyberry, Downy Arrow-wood, Ninebark, Chokecherry, Silky and Red Osier Dogwoods, Elderberry and Staghorn Sumac that were planted on the field’s west, south and east border. Through Rural Lambton Stewardship, native prairie seeds and plugs were planted on one the wetland’s large berms, an area that continues years later to be a showcase prairie. The wetland area has become home to a variety of birds such as ducks, swallows, herons, Bluebirds, geese, and a variety of frogs and turtles. It has always been rewarding to watch the arrowheads, lilies, sedges and rushes appear in the wetland over time and diversify the plant community. It is truly a case of “build it and they will come.”

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