On October 28, 2017 OBEC (Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City) organized a workshop about conservation of habitat. (This is, by the way, BEC’s 15th year of existence; almost 9 years in Ottawa.) Some 40 of us gathered at the Beaver Barracks from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Five speakers gave excellent presentations:
+ Nick Stow of the City of Ottawa led off with “Ottawa’s Conservation & Stewardship Vision” — further to what he had presented at FCA’s “Environmental Focus” meeting of October 6, 2015.
+ Bryarly McEachern of Earth Path spoke about the many meanings of biodiversity.
+ Donna DuBreuil of Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre told of the mission of the Centre in the two distinct 15-year phases of its 30-year existence.
+ Jennifer Lamoureux of Rideau Valley Conservation Authority described three recent projects — Brewer Park Pond, Jock River Wetland, Black Rapids Creek.
+ Finally, Henri Goulet of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada gave evidence of the precipitous decline of insects, traceable to the extensive use of herbicides on corn crops.
The presentations were followed by break-out sessions.
The OBEC web site provides excellent illustrated summaries of each presentation and some key ideas coming out of the small group discussions. Please go here: http://obec-evbo.ca/habitat-virtual-workshop. The actual slides used by the presenters can be accessed at the end.
Erwin – 18 Dec 2017
P.S.: For an even more detailed presentation by Dr. Goulet, go here: http://ofnc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Herbicides_beetles_birds.pdf.