EMPOWERMENT OF STEWARDSHIP
Stewardship empowers landowners to
voluntarily protect habitat and species on their land. Landowners can
undertake a range of stewardship activities, from moni-toring wildlife
to improving habitat. In Ontario, natural habitat areas have greatly
declined. The remaining areas are largely in protected wildlife
reserves, national and provincial parks, and on private lands.
Landowners, therefore, play an important role that can mean the
difference between a healthy or threatened wildlife habitat area. The
landowner’s role includes an acknowledgement of the land’s potential as
wildlife habitat. The actions of individual landowners are imperative to
the recovery of species at risk and the prevention of other species from
becoming at risk of extinction. For the eastern massasauga rattlesnake,
steward-ship activities on private lands have been ongoing for years.
This guide contains several examples and testimonials from those who
have demonstrated their own stewardship activities.
The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Recovery
Team was formed in response to the declining populations of massasaugas
in Canada, a situation closely mirrored by declines of this species in
the United States. The team includes biologists, academics, government
and park representatives, and zoo officials. These team members share
information and initiate a host of collaborative projects on this
species. The team is working to learn about, and promote the stewardship
of, this threatened snake.
The Recovery Team includes a
network of people dedicated to the recovery of the eastern massasauga
rattlesnake. They have a wealth of experience, and will gladly assist
your stewardship of this threatened species.
Eastern massasauga rattlesnake recovery team, meeting to discuss
issues pertaining to the threatened massasauga in Ontario.