Endangered Species

Twenty-three species at risk have been found on the South Shore of Prince Edward County (Environment Canada).  The environmental assessment for Gilead Power’s  project lists only two: the Eastern Whip-poor-will and Blanding’s Turtle.

What about the Black Tern, Loggerhead Shrike, Henslow’s Sparrow, Short-eared Owl, King Rail, Least Bittern and Red-headed Woodpecker? All have been reliably documented at Ostrander Point.

The Endangered Species Act requires that every species at risk be considered.

The special case of the Henslow’s Sparrow

Henslow’s sparrow was one of the few endangered species identified as a priority in the environmental assessment of the Ostrander site. The study said no optimal habitat for the sparrow was found, just  bits of marginal habitat. Environment Canada disagrees.

In the 1990s, Ostrander Point was identified as potential habitat in Environment Canada’s Recovery Strategy for the Henslow’s sparrow. Environment Canada modified the habitat and Henslow’s sparrows were seen at Ostrander Point in 1999 and 2000.

Henslow's sparrowPhoto courtesy USGS

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