Lake Erie Coast Project: Review of Findings
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Our March program will highlight the results of the biological inventories conducted as part of the Lake Erie Coast Project initiated by the Bert Miller Nature club in 2010.
A total of 21 species considered to be at risk were observed in the study area. An additional 16 species at risk historically known from the study area could not be relocated during this project despite extensive field work. Results indicate that over 43 percent of the historic species at risk previously known to exist in the area have been lost, including 3 plant, 2 herptile and 11 bird species. Albert Garofalo, the lead researcher and field biologist for the project, will give us a review of these findings and plans for the future.
The Bert Miller Nature Club has overseen the Lake Erie Coast Project for the past 3 years and has recently received funding from the Ministry of the Environment's Great Lakes Guardian Fund for the next stage, which includes both a restoration and educational component. Assistance for the first stage of the project was provided by the Government of Ontario, the Niagara Community Foundation, and the following project partners: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Natural Heritage Information Centre, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Eckert Herbarium at Buffalo State College, the Clinton Herbarium of the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Peninsula Field Naturalists, the Niagara Falls Nature Club, and the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society of Buffalo, New York.
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The increasing conflict between human activities and the biosphere is unsustainable – the climate is changing, biodiversity is decreasing, habitats are being lost and most ecological systems have been significantly altered. If human society is going to prosper in the future, we must immediately adopt ecologically sustainable practices. In 2002 the U.N. Environmental Program proposed the "Melbourne Principles" as a guide to an equitable and sustainable future. In 2009 the Region of Niagara incorporated these principles into the Regional Policy Plan. The Bert Miller Nature Club is now asking that everyone in the environmental community become familiar with the Melbourne Principles and insist that they be applied in their communities as the standard of practice.