Caring for our nature reserves involves a wide range of actions, from preventing invasive species establishment to restoring habitats and conducting species surveys. However, despite our efforts, invasive species are persistent and can find way to establish themselves.
One of the most effective ways to engage people in conservation is hosting invasive species removal events. Invasive species removal is a key part of management on our nature reserves as they out-compete native flora and fauna. They are often seen in large monoculture ‘patches’ and can quickly take over, resulting in biodiversity loss.
In 2021, we removed 180 buckthorn shrubs using Extractigator® devices and 88 kilograms of periwinkle plants through manual pulling at Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve. By pulling these non-native species, we broke up the monoculture persistence of each invasive, slowing its spread and allowing native species to establish themselves.
Although invasive species removal remains a priority on our nature reserves, getting out with the community to learn about nature and enjoy our properties is equally important. In July of 2021, we invited our supporters and members to our Butterfly Identification Workshop at Ontario Nature’s Kinghurst Forest Nature Reserve.
We hope you’ll join us in the field this year! Visit our events page for more information on upcoming events or subscribe to our email list so that you don’t miss an opportunity to get involved.
Also, if you want to learn more on how to tackle common invasive species in your backyard and promote native species, visit the Invasive Species Centre website for helpful resources.
The invasive species removal event was made possible with the generous help from Dillon Consulting and Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. The butterfly hike was made possible by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
Keeva joined Ontario Nature in April 2021. She grew up spending her summers in Lions Head, ON located along the Bruce Peninsula. Keeva would spend her days catching frogs and swimming in Georgian Bay which developed her love for conservation of Ontario’s natural species and lands. Prior to joining Ontario Nature, she studied Environmental Science and Biology at Trent University and Ecosystem Management Technology at Sir Sanford Fleming College. In her spare time, she enjoys attending concerts, being active with her two dogs, and spending time with family and friends.