The recovery efforts are proving
beneficial. Water levels are being restored in some areas, allowing
natural regeneration of bog plant species and the replenishment of
natural soil moisture.
Landowner contact, workshops, media
coverage, and newsletters are helping educate the public about this
area and the massasauga rattlesnake.
Volunteers are participating in large,
structured snake sighting surveys, helping biologists survey the
Wildlife biologists have implanted
snakes with radio transmitters, so that recovery team members can
follow the snakes’ movements and come to better understand its needs
and habits in the area.
Information on snake movements is being
used for habitat enhancement, habitat protection, and other activities
in the bog.
There are many things you can do to
make your property conducive to snakes:
1. Create or
maintain natural habitat
2. Report your
3. Be a supporting
farm or property owner
4. Learn more about
OR MAINTAIN NATURAL HABITAT
Natural bog habitat may still be
present in your area. Since habitat loss is one of the greatest
threats facing Wainfleet’s wildlife, a part of your property could be
set aside as a safe haven for many bog species. You can create cover
by establishing brush piles, rocks, logs, long grass, and leaf litter.
These habitat features will attract snakes, amphibian species, and
even small mammals.
Planting bog species on your property
is a good start toward recovering and maintaining a natural community.
Contact Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) office at
(905) 788-3135 ext.241 to work out a joint habitat restoration plan.
Removing invasive exotic plants will also help by giving native
species room to grow. Information on seeds, plant types, and naturally
recovered areas is available through Niagara Peninsula Conservation
Authority at: (905) 788-3135 ext.241 or the Federation of Ontario
Naturalists at: (416) 444-8419.
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