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TECHNICAL GUIDELINES

The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Recovery Team is producing a document that provides technical guidelines in identifying eastern massasauga rattlesnake habitat. The team hopes the guidelines will help people determine whether significant portions of snake habitat exist in an area being considered for development. Ideally, the document will promote sound planning and management in these areas. The guidelines represent the most up-to-date resource management information available, and are intended for use by ecologists, biologists, planners and others involved in the identification of the significant portions of the habitat of this species. It will also aid the recovery of the species by focussing efforts on the most
important locations.


STEWARDSHIP QUOTE

“A land ethic of course cannot prevent the alteration, management, and use of these resources,’ but it does affirm their right to continued existence, and, at least in spots, their continued existence in a natural state.”

– Aldo Leopold
 

PRESERVING ONTARIO’S NATURAL DIVERSITY
Landowners, cottagers, campers, and tourists alike can help to preserve Ontario’s rich natural diversity. It is achievable by educating ourselves, and informing our families, friends, and neighbours about wildlife and the laws regarding wildlife and habitat protection. Our responsibilities to at-risk wildlife during activities such as building, farming and even hiking are covered in the Acts and laws. When laws seem unclear, common sense and empathy play a large part in conservation.


STEWARDSHIP QUOTE

“One of the things we like most to do on our island in Georgian Bay is to sit and observe the behaviour of the wildlife which surrounds us there. I hope that we can continue to enjoy many future encounters with that wildlife and, in particular, that rare reptile: the massasauga.”

– Kipp C.,
Cottager in Georgian Bay on discovering rattlesnakes at the cottage
(taken from Rattlesnake Tales Vol.3, #2)

 

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