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Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Port Franks

Port Franks area residents are engaged in a biodiversity strategy

Port Franks meetingResidents of Port Franks and area recognize they live in a unique place and have become actively involved in the development of a biodiversity strategy.

The Port Franks area is located at the northern edge of the Carolinian zone and, as a result, supports a wide variety of flora and fauna, some of which are designated as species at risk (e.g., Dwarf Hackberry and Karner Blue butterfly).

This community-based biodiversity strategy will provide a comprehensive summary of the background information regarding species at risk and their habitat. It will also document important community issues and interests for this area while providing relevant management recommendations.

A technical committee meeting was held in August of 2009 to initiate the project, while a well-attended public meeting was held in September to introduce the project and garner community feedback.

In addition to providing input into the strategy, an advisory committee, which formed in the autumn, is guiding such initiatives as the planting of a children's native plant garden.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) thanks everyone involved in protecting this unique ecosystem and also those volunteers involved in the Port Franks Turtle Monitoring Program.

A community turtle monitoring program has been established in which residents of the Port Franks area are encouraged to submit their turtle sightings to Ausable Bayfield Conservation. This program will help us better understand the habitat requirements of the turtle species that live in Port Franks, and therefore help to protect them. To report a turtle sighting, please record the details in the monitoring form and call Kari or Hope at 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610.

For turtle monitoring form click on 'Publications' at top of page and then click on 'Forms,' or to download turtle monitoring form now click this link. (200 kb, small file).

In order to better identify species please visit the following external link for species listing.

Minutes and presentations on Port Franks projects can be found by clicking the following links:

Port Franks Turtle Monitoring Public Meeting September 2010

Port Franks Public Breakout Session

Port Franks Meeting September 2009

Carolinian Canada Presentation

Port Franks Management Strategy Presentation