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Local Stewardship Projects Receive Funding For Species At Risk Protection

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Local Stewardship Projects Receive Funding For Species At Risk Protection

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Ten volunteer projects in the Greater Toronto Area and Golden Horseshoe area will receive close to $275,000 from the provincial Species at Risk Stewardship Fund this year to help protect and recover species at risk.

Conservation Halton - $17,840 to enhance the governance and overall management of conservation areas in the Halton area, including updating the biological inventories that support species at risk protection efforts.

Contact: Brenda Axon, 905-336-1158, ext. 222

Conservation Halton Foundation - $43,720 to support a project that will raise awareness of Ontario's at-risk raptors such as bald eagles, barn owls and peregrine falcons by providing a unique learning opportunity with live birds. The project will reach 500,000 Halton-area residents, students and park visitors.

Contact: Brian Hobbs, 905-336-1158, Ext. 255

Credit River Anglers Association - $25,000 to support the improvement of habitats for threatened and endangered species within the Credit River watershed with an emphasis on Atlantic salmon and redside dace habitats.

Contact: John Kendell, 905-814-5794

Durham Land Stewardship Council - $20,510 to support a project that will use digital mapping technology to raise awareness of species at risk and rare plant species in the Greater Toronto Area. The council is working with a variety of other government, conservation and resource management agencies, community groups, naturalists and land managers.
Contact: Kate Potter, 905-579-0411, Ext 106

Durham Land Stewardship Council - $40,405 to engage individuals and communities in the stewardship and recovery of a variety of turtle species, including Common Musk, Blanding's and Northern Map.

Contact: Kate Potter, 905-579-0411, Ext 106

Halton-Peel Woodlands & Wildlife Stewardship Council - $2,000 to support the improvement of redside dace habitat by planting native shrubs along Fletchers Creek in the City of Brampton, and to raise public awareness about this species, its habitat requirements and the council's recovery goals.

Contact: Bob Baker, 905-877-9390

Halton-Peel Woodlands & Wildlife Stewardship Council - $25,000 to support the recovery of Henslow's sparrow by establishing tall grass prairie habitat on retired agricultural lands within Bronte Creek Provincial Park.

Contact: Bob Baker, 905-877-9390

Ontario Streams - $30,000 to support the rehabilitation of existing redside dace habitat in local streams for the purpose of conserving existing populations and to promote greater awareness about this at-risk species.

Contact: Siobhan Neil, 905-713-7399

Toronto Zoo - $26,260 to support visits to 600 classrooms in southern Ontario with an interactive outreach program that teaches students about four local at-risk fish species found in the Great Lakes basin. The program aims to inspire students to take an interest in nature and take action to conserve species at risk.

Contact: Cynthia Lee, 416-392-5969

Forest Gene Conservation Association - $46,220 to support activities aimed at increasing butternut tree, Queen snake and ginseng recovery through public education, inventory and assessment activities.

Contact: Ed Patchell, 613-258-0110

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