The future of wildlife and wildlife habitat in rural, suburban, and urban settings depend on an environmentally-responsible strategy of land management that emphasizes a mix of spaces for people and wildlife. As the world’s population increasingly inhabits cities, urbanized areas have become the most rapidly expanding habitat type worldwide. Protecting and restoring wildlife habitat in our cities and suburbs is a vital component of wildlife conservation. Urban wildlife habitat can support habitat connectivity within ecological landscapes and serve as a refuge for species impacted by urbanization. Local land and water conservation projects can provide important urban wildlife benefits and connect our growing urban population with nature, potentially broadening support for natural resource conservation nationwide.
Did You Know: The City of Summerside’s natural areas include several habitat types: wetlands, forest, riparian/riverine areas along with remnant areas of bog/grassland, beach and sand dune ecosystems. These habitats support considerable biodiversity. The urban streams and riparian areas alone can support over 500 plant species, 20 species of mammal, over 150 bird species, 10 species of amphibian, 3 species of reptiles and over 20 fish species. Protecting and restoring these important habitats and species will not only help to conserve Prince Edward Island’s natural heritage, but will also provide valued ecosystem services for the public. For example, riparian areas are critical for protecting water quality and reducing flood hazards, while also providing complex and highly productive in- and near-stream habitat for fish and wildlife.
This project is a three year partnership between BBEMA and the City of Summerside that will lead to the development of a strategic plan for the conservation and restoration of the City’s natural systems and the biodiversity they contain.