To help address some of the conservation challenges in the Carolinian Region, LPBLT focuses its actions on the protection of functioning natural systems and priority habitat, such as watersheds, woodlands, wetlands and savanna, as well as the species that depend on these habitats.
The community has a vital role to play in conserving ecologically important areas and our native wildlife. LPBLT has launched a multi-year outreach project to engage local communities.
Part of the “Nurturing Nature” project is to allow public access through well marked trails with an interpretive guide to allow people to witness the diverse habitats and the amazing flora and fauna of the Long Point Basin area. Visit the “Our Lands” page for a closer look at all seven of our properties.
Nature in the Neighbourhood events will be held at each reserve that features some of its best attributes where you can learn about becoming good stewards of nature. It also aims to encourage community members to become stewards of our nature reserves by forming Stewardship Teams for each nature reserve. If you are interested in becoming a steward or getting involved please visit our volunteer page.
CONSERVING CAROLINIAN REPTILES
Southern Ontario is rich in reptile diversity, however they are particularly vulnerable to habitat loss and multiple other threats related to high human population, such as roadways. As a result, the majority of our reptile species are now designated at risk and many experts fear that populations will continue to decline. In response to this urgent threat, LPBLT developed a major, multi-year conservation effort to help protect and recover snake and turtle populations, and bring awareness to their ecological importance.
The “Conserving Carolinian Reptiles” project, established in 2009, aimed to aid in the recovery and conservation of reptile species at risk by identifying and protecting areas of important reptile habitat and creating habitat such as overwintering sites and nesting sites. To find out more about how we created reptile habitat or what you can do, check out our fact sheets and videos.
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A key part of our work is to work with community members, landowners, business owners and other organizations in the Long Point Basin. This involves outreach events, educational presentations, and of course, our reptile reporting program. Our reptile reporting program helps to document reptile population statuses and trends and relies on volunteers and community members to help us by reporting your sightings. If you have recently spotted a reptile in the Long Point Basin Area and would like to report it, you can report sightings through our online form or call our toll free number (1-844-755-9498).