The public is invited to two open houses scheduled for the end of November to learn how Hamilton Conservation Authority staff and its partners are preparing an inventory of natural lands in the city, all of the plants and most of the wildlife found on them.
“HCA staff has completed two of the three survey years and are excited to share the findings thus far,” says Tawnia Martel, Natural Areas Inventory Coordinator.
Nature Counts is a Natural Areas Inventory (NAI), a complete inventory of natural areas in Hamilton, created so current information on plant and wildlife species, vegetation communities, and site boundaries is available for agencies, non-governmental organizations and citizens responsible for, or interested in, protecting and enhancing natural features.[box type=”note” align=”alignright” ]The public is invited to learn about the project and share your comments and questions with Conservation Authority staff at open houses on: Tuesday November 27, 2012 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mohawk 4 Ice Centre, Community Room 710 Mountain Brow Blvd, Hamilton A brief presentation will be given at 7 p.m.. Wednesday November 28, 2012 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ancaster Library, Murray Ferguson Room 300 Wilson St. East, Hamilton A brief presentation will be given at 7 p.m. [/box]
Nature Counts was first carried out in Hamilton in 1990 and again in 2001-2002, with an inventory published in 2003. Partners are now working on the update. This project is a collaborative effort between the Hamilton Conservation Authority, the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, the City of Hamilton and other supporters.
When the project is complete, agencies, non-governmental organizations and citizens will have a tool that includes an updated natural areas summary document. This document will have a complete inventory of flora and selected fauna, ecological land classification descriptions, evaluation and recommendations, a revised annotated species checklists of vascular plants, fish, breeding birds, mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians based on new occurrence information and historical data, plus mapping of the core areas, vegetation communities, rare species locations, and rare habitats.