Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

EOMF is looking for input for Eastern Ontario Species at Risk Data Mining Project

 Provincial and municipal governments have a responsibility to protect Species at Risk (SAR) through relevant legislation and municipal planning processes. However, providing accurate and complete information regarding SAR to decision makers remains a significant challenge as information on SAR occurrence in eastern Ontario is limited. As a result SAR stewardship, recovery and conservation initiatives may be inadequate.It is suspected that a considerable volume of SAR location information may exist concealed in hard-copy files within organizations such as local conservation authorities, municipalities, the Ministry of Natural Resources, as well as with members of naturalist groups and online taxa-based news groups. It is believed that a wealth of information may already have been collected and recorded in documents such as Environmental Impact Statements; wetland, forest and life science inventories; as well as in species checklists and personal observation diaries having yet to contribute to the larger body of regional knowledge.

In response to this issue, the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) has recently launched the Eastern Ontario Species at Risk Data Mining Project to:

1. locate and collect existing location information on SAR, including species formally tracked by the NHIC, within eastern Ontario that has not been submitted to the Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC);

2. review and transcribe relevant information into a digital format compatible with the NHIC database; and

3. develop a digital map of the information, if possible, so that it can be made readily available to relevant stakeholders with a SAR protection mandate and individuals with a vested interest in SAR stewardship.

If you have information to contribute, please get in touch with our office. Our staff is available to meet with you or your organization to facilitate the exchange of information. The EOMF will return a copy of the information that you have provided in an organized spreadsheet file if desired. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding this initiative.

Rick Marcantonio
Species at Risk Data Mining Technician
Eastern Ontario Model Forest
10 Campus Drive
Kemptville, ON, K0G 1J0
Tel. (613) 258-6567
Fax (613) 258-8363

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Press Release

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists

Submitted by Pauline Donaldson, MVFN Public Relations Chair

April 10, 2006

 “Changes in our natural world” with an Ontario Parks conservation ecologist

There is an opportunity to hear about conservation issues, past, present and future from a real ‘grass roots’ biologist at the next Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist meeting to be held Thursday evening April 20 in Almonte. The presentation will be given by Dr.William Crins, Senior Conservation Ecologist in the Planning and Research Section of Ontario Parks, at the Ministry of Natural Resources in Peterborough. A botanist by training, Bill has devoted his career to the study of living things, specializing in the evolution and ecology of important grasses and sedges. Several species new to science, including the juniper sedge Carex juniperorum Catling, Reznicek & Crins, bear his name.

As a ‘budding’ biologist in the early 70’s Dr. Crins worked summers at Algonquin Park as an interpretive naturalist and later conducted biological inventories and assessments used to develop the Nature Reserve Zone system in the park. Following graduate studies at the University of Toronto, Dr. Crins did research at UBC and the New York State Museum in Albany. As senior ecologist with Ontario Parks, he now applies his knowledge of conservation and biodiversity issues to projects such as the Ecological Land Classification system for Ontario and the development of old growth forest policy, as well as contributing to detailed inventory of Ontario’s habitat resources and Species at Risk habitat mapping guidelines.

Dr. Crins says that his presentation on Thursday “will illustrate some of the changes in flora and fauna that have occurred during the past century, and will speculate on some of the changes that may occur in the future.” What effects have development and the intensification and then abandonment of agriculture had on species and ecosystems? What have been the effects of accidental introduction of exotic species, changes in forest management practices, or changes in land use patterns? Potential impacts of climate change on species distribution and ecosystem composition will also be discussed.

The presentation, “Changes in the Flora and Fauna of Southeastern Ontario: Past, Present, and Future” is the last in MVFN’s series “Change in our Natural World” and takes place Thursday April 20th at 7:30 pm at the Almonte United Church on Elgin St. Program Chair Tine Kuiper will host the evening, and refreshments will be offered. All are welcome. A non-member fee of $5 applies (for those over 16) or MVFN memberships are available. For further information visit or contact Pauline Donaldson at 256-9399.


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