(Granby) The Miner woodlands contain a rich flora and fauna diversity, reveal the inventories established two years ago by teams Granby Zoo accompanied by specialists. Measures will be put in place to ensure their sustainability.
Amphibians, reptiles, mammals, bats, medium and large mammals, birds, trees and plants: all that breathes within the 100 hectares of the Nature Park of the city of Granby was identified. “Our goal was to acquire forested knowledge on how to protect them,” Patrick said Tuesday Paré, Director Conservation and Research at the Granby Zoo, presenting the results of many hours of research. “Woodlands must know before taking action to properly protect and develop them.”
First observation: woodlands are a very diverse community with their 267 different plant and animal species. The discovery of six species of salamanders (stained, dirt track, two-line, blue-spotted, four toes and dark North) on the ten present in Quebec adds to the good news. “Discovering these salamanders, it is the sign of a natural environment healthy,” illustrates the biologist.
The inventories have confirmed the presence of three species of snakes (striped, red-bellied and necklace). No turtles were discovered. The presence of three species of small mammals (large shrew, red-backed voles of Gapper and deer mouse), five bat species (big brown bat, northern, silver, ash and little brown bat) and ten means and large mammals (mink, deer, porcupine American gray squirrel and red, chipmunk, raccoon, skunk striped, red foxes and woodchucks) was confirmed.
The ornithologists Bird Watchers Club of Haute-Yamaska have identified 91 species of birds in the woods Miner, 41 are probably nesting.
144 plant species
The study of the immense Nature Park has determined that 144 species of trees, shrubs and plants grow there. Three large maple stands were delineated, as three large wasteland (grasslands), 40 wetlands (totaling 6.83 hectares), small stands of hemlock and pine forests as well as eight endangered species (wild garlic, fern-to- ostrich and butternut). Botanists have also discovered four invasive species, but they occupy only 0.5 hectares.
All in all, home to 267 species woodlands. Of these, 17 are considered at risk.
The second phase will focus on educating visitors and residents of woodlands that line. Interpretation panels will be installed in the park, a guide to good citizenship practices will be produced, the relevance of certain trails will be studied and bats in dormitories will be installed to help them through the winter. A popular activity is also in the pipeline to allow citizens to experience the night to cross the park.
The presence of dogs in the wooded Miner night wildlife, believes Patrick Paré, conservation and research director at the Granby Zoo.
It is clear, says Mr. Paré, that too many people are walking in the woods with their dog without using a leash. “Dogs are predators. They give off scents that wild animals feel and it stresses them. It is correct that dogs are allowed in the park. We love dogs. But more like when they are on a leash. And not long leash 20 feet, “he says.
Not to mention the problem of excrement that their owners do not pick. “It’s a real problem,” said the biologist.
In the recommendations of conservation and research team of the Zoo will submit to the City later this summer, we will discuss the issues raised by the dogs, said Mr. Paré.
A City’s pilot project allows their presence in the wooded Miner.
The final report of the Zoo also address the issue of stray cats, which are predators to several species of wildlife living there.
Finally, Mr. Pare team will recommend to order some side trails by conducting tree planting. The space for wildlife and flora found in enlarged, has he said. “If we want these animals are good, we must limit our presence,” said Patrick Paré.