Wildlife Habitat Mangement Overview
  • Living With Wildlife
  • Species At Risk
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Invasive Species
  • Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Living With Wildlife
  • Species At Risk
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Invasive Species
  • Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Living With Wildlife
  • Species At Risk
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Invasive Species
  • Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Living With Wildlife
  • Species At Risk
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Invasive Species
  • Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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    Enhancing Wildlife Habitat

    If you want to make your property a welcome haven for wildlife and improve your opportunities for observation, there are several different approaches depending on your property features.

    Habitat Protection involves the exclusion or control of things which might harm existing habitat features. This might mean limiting access of domestic animals and motor vehicle traffic in certain areas. Wrapping shoreline trees with wire mesh will discourage beaver damage. Preventing or controlling invasive species would also fall under habitat protection.

    Habitat Development might involve the planting of grasses, shrubs and trees to establish new habitat or to add to existing habitat. It could also involve using a natural spring to create a pond or installing a water control structure to create a wetland.

    Habitat Improvement might involve retaining dead standing trees or building nesting structures to attract birds, raptors or ducks. Selecting plants that flower or bear fruit will attract bees, butterflies and birds. Stumps, logs and rock piles will attract reptiles and amphibians. If you have an "urbanized" waterfront, restoring a shoreline will improve the fish habitat.

    Additional ideas about improving specific habitat features can be found on the following pages:

    Planting the Seed: A Guide to Establishing Prairie and Meadow Communities in Southern Ontario is designed by Environment Canada to assist people interested in restoring two of Ontario’s non-forested plant communities.

    Planting the Seed: A Guide to Establishing Aquatic Plants has been compiled by Environment Canada to provide information on developing a wetland restoration strategy and identifies several design considerations for planning a project.

    Wildlife Extension Notes are available from the Landowner Resource Centre in downloadable PDF format.

    Build a Nest Box instructions have been published by Ducks Unlimited and include tips on how to place your duck box.

    Wood Duck Nest Box Instructions have been published by Ducks Unlimited and Ontario Stewardship.

    Mallard Nesting Hen House Instructions are available from Delta Waterfowl.

    Bluebird Nest Box Instructions are available on the Ontario Eastern Bluebird Society website.

    The Land Stewardship and Restoration Program provides opportunities to individuals and community groups to receive government funding for volunteer stewardship projects. Stewardship activities can be traditional or quite unique, as long as they benefit fish and wildlife.

    Burning Responsibly: Burning in a burn barrel, fire pit, fireplace or wood stove, emits a host of pollutants into our air. These pollutants don’t just contaminate our air; they also end up in our lakes. This tip sheet provides some alternatives to outdoor burning and explains which things should never be burned.

    Hinterland Who's Who provides information on bird's nest boxes on its website.

    A Quick Guide to Helping Reptiles and Amphibians provides guidance on how to minimize your impact on these populations and provides tips about ways to enhance their habitat.

    Wetlands and Wildlife Ponds is an information sheet published by OMAFRA to help farmers protect these habitats from damage during farm operations.

    Wild About Gardening, a website sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, provides some great resources to help you enhance habitat. You'll find ways to use native plants and other simple projects to attract various types of wildlife.

    Plants, shrubs and trees which are not native to an area can upset the ecosystem. To keep your property wildlife-friendly, learn about Ontario's native species by following these links:

    Native Plant Crossroads, sponsored by the Canadian Museum of Nature, provides an extensive list of websites and publications to assist with native plant gardening and conservation.

    The Native Plant Database, sponsored by Evergreen, is an excellent resource to help you find out the native species for your region.

    Grow me Instead is an excellent publication produced by the Invasive Plant Council of Ontario. It explains the harm invasive plant species can cause and provides an excellent selection of native alternatives.

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    Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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