Big Creek National Wildlife Area Wetland Restoration Project, 2015-16

Final Report: Big Creek National Wildlife Area Wetland Restoration Project, 2015-16

Goals and Objectives

The purpose of this project is to reconstruct a large scale wetland at Big Creek National Wildlife Area at Long Point.

The goal of this project is:

  1. Reconstruct failing infrastructure at Big Creek NWA

Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions

Based on the species list for the Big Creek NWA, reinvestment in this wetland project directly benefits 24 priority species. The protection and restoration of the shallow emergent marsh habitat associated with this project will also provide nesting and migratory habitat for these species.

Benefits to Waterfowl, Wetland-Associated Species, and/or Other Wildlife

The Long Point wetland complex totals more than 25,000 acres of waterfowl and migratory bird habitats, and is one of the most important migratory bird stopovers within the Mississippi Flyway. As a result, Long Point is recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area by Birdlife International, a globally significant site under the Ramsar convention, a United Nations World Biosphere Reserve and a critical continental area under the North American Colonial Waterbird and Shorebird Conservation Plans.

As members of the Ontario Eastern Habitat Joint Venture Steering Committee, DUC has direct input to and ownership of NAWMP conservation priorities. OEHJV objectives guide DUC’s program delivery in Ontario and WHC’s contribution to DU projects is a direct contribution to achieving on the-ground results in support of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and NAWMP.

Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management

Both the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) have identified Great Lakes coastal wetlands as critical breeding habitat that is continentally important for migratory birds during both the spring and fall. With the continued loss of the remnant wetland base, along with the degradation of habitat quality from pressures associated with incompatible adjacent land uses, invasive species and climate change, keeping existing wetlands and ensuring they remain productive is of crucial importance as highlighted by the OEHJV (OEHJV Five-Year Implementation Plan 2006-2011). Not only will proposed activities maintain existing, highly valued wetlands into the future, it will also ensure that habitat quality remains productive to continue to provide breeding and staging benefits for priority species. The project is being implemented under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act which has directed funds to restore habitat that supports species affected by the BP oil spill and as such, is part of an international conservation initiative implemented cooperatively by the U.S. and Canada.

Project Location

  1. Member(s) of Parliament representing the project area(s): MP Diane Finley, MPP Toby Barrett
  2. Province/Territory: Ontario

iii. Municipality / county / town / city: Norfolk

  1. Landscape type: Great Lakes basin coastal wetland habitat. Priority habitat area under the

Ontario Eastern Joint Venture Implementation Plan

  1. Other relevant information about the location: Ramsar site, PSW, IBA, UN World Biosphere

Project Contact

For more information on this project, please contact Amy Lorenzin, Barrie, ON.