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Hardwood Transition / Lower Great Lakes – More Information

Background information on DU's Hardwood Transition / Lower Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Plain - Ontario conservation priority area
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Assumptions

  • Diving ducks that use these staging habitats rely on them to maintain favorable body condition for breeding and annual survival.
  • Diving duck population size using the GLSL varies in response to conditions on the breeding grounds.
  • Most diving ducks species (excluding scaup) using the GLSL coastal habitats are at NAWMP goals and the current quantity and quality of migration habitat in Ontario is sufficient.
  • Dabbling ducks must be able to exploit adequate staging habitats to maintain favorable body condition for breeding and annual survival.
  • Programs developed to meet the waterfowl goals in the mixed woodland landscape will result in increases in dabbling duck populations and thus staging habitat requirements.
  • Fall migration habitat is currently sufficient to meet the nutritional, social and time requirements of dabbling ducks migrating through Ontario when populations of these ducks are at NAWMP goals and when breeding population objectives for Ontario have been met.
  • Mitigation due to losses of existing wetland areas may be necessary.
  • The availability of spring migration habitat has the potential to be limiting.

Strategies

  • Ensure that functional wetlands are conserved in the face of the inevitable developments that will accommodate the increasing population.
  • Work with agriculture to ensure that current and future agricultural activities incorporate wildlife habitat conservation.
  • Support public policies that affect wetlands and associated habitats.
  • Motivate the public (both general and targeted publics) to take actions in support of wetland habitat conservation.
  • Participate in international ventures that influence the management of the Great Lakes habitats and water levels.

Summary

Common and unique trends are occurring among the three landscapes within the GLSL of Ontario. Subsequently, some common and unique strategies are required to address these trends. Using landscape goals to strategically focus programs and resources within and among the three landscapes of the GLSL will ensure a maximized return for resources invested. As well, integration of current and future habitat conservation activities within of the GLSL will ensure efficient use of available resources.

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