Rick Conroy — Wellington Times — August 8, 2014
Bioblitz event this weekend seeks to understand the nature of Ostrander Point
Paul Catling spent the long weekend tromping through fields and woodlands in Prince Edward County, searching for undiscovered species of plants, animals and insects. The highly regarded taxonomist and researcher works for the federal government in the department of agriculture and agrifood. But his passion is the hunt for the rare and unique, and in the County he found a treasure trove.
Dr. Catling provided compelling and captivating testimony about the rare alvar habitat at Ostrander Point before an environmental review tribunal (ERT) last year that examined the potential impact of a proposed industrial wind project nearby. The ERT revoked the developer’s permit—effectively stopping the project—persuaded by the serious and irreversible impact the project would likely have on the Blanding’s turtle. An appeal is set to be heard later this year.
One of the troubling items emerging from Catling’s testimony, echoed by others including the developer’s consultant, was just how little is known about the flora and fauna that dwell and nest, or migrate through, Ostrander Point.
The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN), the volunteer group that launched the appeal of the Ostrander Point industrial wind project and has pushed it through several layers of appeals, is hosting a 24-hour Bioblitz at Ostrander Point this weekend—beginning at noon on Saturday and ending at noon on Sunday.
The goal is to gather a biological inventory of the site and raise awareness of the rich diversity of nature present at Ostrander Point in midsummer. To do this PECFN is seeking the participation of anyone with an interest in the natural world. Continue reading here…..