Well, here we are again, still talking about hunting snapping turtles, despite all the evidence. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is proposing a new policy to limit yet continue the hunting of snapping turtles. This compromise response to the widespread, scientifically supported call to end the hunt is simply not appropriate. Here’s why:
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Part 3 of a 3 part blog series about the Province’s failure to uphold strong protections for our most vulnerable plants and animals.
When we celebrated the passing of Ontario’s new Endangered Species Act (ESA) back in 2007, I could never have imagined that it might serve as a Trojan horse for development. Yet that is exactly what may happen. Alas, our tarnished and tattered ESA may open the door to development in the habitat of species at risk in the Greenbelt.
Part 2 of a 3 part blog series about the Province’s failure to uphold strong protections for our most vulnerable plants and animals.
What moves more slowly than a turtle? The Ontario government when it comes to producing a recovery strategy for the spiny softshell. This threatened turtle is one of over 40 at-risk species for which recovery strategies have long been delayed, in breach of legal requirements.
It seems like wetlands still can’t get any respect from many municipal politicians in Southern Ontario. A case in point: The Town of Georgina in York Region is bending over backward to ensure 30-year-old development approvals for a mobile home park that would destroy a provincially significant wetland are not extinguished.
The perk of being in conservation is the amount of time I spend outdoors. I had the pleasure of visiting 15 of Ontario Nature’s 25 nature reserves this summer. These pockets of wilderness across Ontario are special habitats that we manage and protect. Conservation staff hosted 12 events on our nature reserves, reaching over 300 people!
I was very disturbed to learn about a proposed provincial law, Bill 205, which has support from all parties. If passed, the bill will allow the indiscriminate hunting and trapping of double-crested cormorants, lifting their current protection under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1997.
Here are three myths about cormorants that need busting before the government considers passing Bill 205.
Since 1961, we’ve been protecting significant natural areas in Ontario within our nature reserve system. With 24 properties totalling 6,890 acres, the system preserves some of the province’s best remaining examples of imperilled and vulnerable habitats. This year, we’re focused on saving another spectacular piece of land that will become Ontario Nature’s first riverine nature reserve!