A recent article written by Paul Catling, Sheila McKay-Kuja, Brenda Kostiuk and Allen Kuja explores the many facets of the natural world at Ostrander Point Crown Land Block. The article (soon to be published in Landscape and Trails) details botanical, avian, amphibian and reptile and insect inhabitants of the area. It is a comprehensive look at all the reasons to preserve this important natural habitat.
The paper has a section titled “How green are giant turbines?” excerpted here:
“There is unnecessary damage to natural areas a result of any kind of construction. In the case of turbines there will be many Km of new roads and culverts to enable construction and continuous servicing as well as turbines pads and trenches for buried cables. The entire area would be affected including hydrologically sensitive alvar habitats and significant wildlife habitat (SWH) for birds etc. It is sometimes thought that turbines are only going to affect a few flying insects, but in fact construction and maintenance can totally destroy a biologically significant natural landscape.”
Prince Edward County Field Naturalists has been working hard with our partners at Ontario Nature and Nature Canada to help the Ontario government realize that being “green” means more than erecting giant wind turbines everywhere. Important natural habitat, the home of several species at risk, the migratory pathway of millions of birds, bats and butterflies is the wrong place for turbines. We implore the Ministry of the Environment not to make the wrong decision on the Gilead project.
To read the whole paper by Catling et. al. Follow this link: http://naturestuff.net/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=137&Itemid=33
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The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, founded in 1997, is an affiliate of Ontario Nature. It provides an educational forum dedicated to the study, promotion, appreciation and conservation of the flora and fauna within Prince Edward County. The public is welcome at the meetings held on the last Tuesday of the month from September to May, except December, at Bloomfield Town Hall. Guest speakers introduce a variety of nature related topics. All members are encouraged to participate at meetings by sharing their experiences and observations. Regularly scheduled field trips in the vicinity offer members the opportunity to experience various habitats. Membership in PECFN is open to all. Contact: Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, P.O. Box 477, Bloomfield, Ontario K0K 1G0 Or Cheryl Anderson 613-471-1096
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