1.2. A threatened ecological community
Moreover, the area marked in green in Figure 1 serves as ecological community for a variety of threatened wildlife contiguous with the western margin of the Upper West Don River. It is ecologically part of the Bartley Smith Greenway/Langstaff Ecopark system and is the spring migration home of the chestnut-sided warbler, white-throated sparrow, herons and mallards, and many other bird species. The Great Blue heron has often been sighted on this land. It is also the permanent habitat of hawks, beavers, and white-tailed deer families. The Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii), officially a nationally and provincially threatened species, has been sighted and photographed in the ORC land under petition (see Picture A).
We should emphasize that the ORC greenland in question is located at a point in the Bartley Smith Greenway/Langstaff Ecopark where, without it, the ecopark narrows to the point of strangulation.