South Shore Stroll Aug 4 & 5

Join us for a leisurely stroll across the South Shore Sat Aug 4 and/or Sun Aug 5 starting at 9 a.m. each day.  Experience the birds, butterflies, wildflowers and habitats if the South Shore.

     

Details of the route, what to bring and poster HERE: SouthShoreStrollAug2018

Register  (it’s free!)

 

Disturbing new study by Birdlife International

One in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction, and once widespread creatures such as the puffin, snowy owl and turtle dove are plummeting towards oblivion, according to the definitive study of global bird populations.

The State of the World’s Birds, a five-year compendium of population data from the best-studied group of animals on the planet, reveals a biodiversity crisis driven by the expansion and intensification of agriculture.

Read the article at: https://www.birdlife.org/sites/default/files/attachments/BL_ReportENG_V11_spreads.pdf

The WWF 2016 Living Earth Report is an essential assessment of the state of the planet and it is a shock to read. It synthesizes the mountain of evidence showing the Earth system is under increasing threat: climate, biodiversity, ocean health, deforestation, the water cycle, the nitrogen cycle, the carbon cycle.  Read the  complete World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report 2016 

First Meeting of SSJI elects Board

The Inaugural annual meeting of SSJI was held on March 24, 2018 at Bloomfield Town Hall.  We are grateful for the enthusiastic attendance of approximately 70 people.  Since that time we have held the first board meeting and elected the officers as below:

  • President:  John Hirsch
  • Vice president:  Cheryl Anderson
  • Secretary / membership: Cheryl Chapman
  • Treasurer: Paula Peel
  • Directors at large:  Amy Bodman, John Foster, Chris Currie, Steve Ferguson

We also benefit from the expertise of several consulting board members:  Sheila Kuja (science), Richard Copple (history), Peter Fuller (web site management), Lene Rosenmeyer Currie (membership management) and Myrna Wood (research)

On April 6, John Hirsch and Cheryl Anderson met with Mark Stabb from Nature Conservancy Canada and Dick Bird from the Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust.  These organizations have the expertise needed to protect privately owned land in an environmentally sustainable way.  SSJI will continue to support their good work in Prince Edward County.

For more information about the Nature Conservancy go to: http://www.natureconservancy.ca

To access information about Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust go to: https://hpelt.org

What is Protection?

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defines a protected area as “a clearly defined geographical space, recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values”

Biodiversity is the variability among all living organisms, from the microscopic to the visible, and the ecological network of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems. This interdependence of all living things, including humans, supports life on earth. Human well-being and the survival of all species are intimately linked to healthy ecosystems. Every species in decline demonstrates how important the links of biodiversity and the ecosystems that sustain us are.

Protection of habitats must be permanent and have in place control mechanisms to prevent unnatural development. Healthy habitats support biodiversity by allowing plants and animals of many species a place to live, breed and interact in areas specific to their requirements. Preserving national and global biodiversity is recognized as an important international goal for the 21st century. Effective management of important habitat can be achieved through public ownership or private conservation, but includes measuring results of any management practices and finding ways to create natural corridors and habitat for species at risk.