By: Nigel Finney, Watershed Planner
In 2011 Conservation Halton restored the first of many small wetlands at Glenorchy Conservation Area. Now, with a few years of establishment providing clean water and native plant cover, our restoration monitoring has confirmed that the Western Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata) is now breeding in the wetland.
Western Chorus Frogs prefer to breed in woodland ponds, damp meadows, and marshes. Over the last 10 years, this species has declined by 30% across Ontario and is considered provincially rare. The reason for the decline is linked to habitat loss and fragmentation.
In order to help the species, Conservation Halton has made it a focus at Glenorchy Conservation Area to create suitable breeding areas as part of the diverse and innovative ecological restoration plan for the property.
This work will help to preserve and enhance the function of the North Oakville Natural Heritage System and Ontario’s Greenbelt. Glenorchy Conservation Area was recently added to the world-renowned Greenbelt–making it the first new addition since the creation of the Greenbelt in 2005.
Ecological restoration efforts at this property will enhance existing ecosystems, and provide additional functions and services such as water regulation, water filtration, and wildlife habitat. Compared to other ecosystems, wetlands provide the greatest amount of services related to storing, cleaning, and providing fresh water and removing pollutants.
This year, Conservation Halton is planning on continuing its work to restore and enhance wetlands and other ecosystems at Glenorchy Conservation Area. Funding is needed to help continue and complete this significant restoration plan.
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