Newly Protected Karst Lands Secure Vital Habitat


When we think of protecting sensitive natural lands we tend to think about wetlands, waterfalls, scenic vistas and dense forest cover. We don’t tend to think about meadows. But this is something that the Friends of the Eramosa Karst have started to change. After more than 5 years of advocacy they’ve helped to protect 37.5 hectares (92.67 acres) of ecologically significant land which provides important habitat for butterflies and breeding birds along with the beautiful wildflowers that surround them.

Ecologists aren’t the only ones fighting to protect the remaining lands that these species call home. The most recent Friends of The Eramosa Karst Dinner and Dance held in early March was attended by well over 400 people who came together to celebrate the protection of 37.5 hectares (92.67 acres) of meadow habitat adjacent to the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area. After more than 5 years of advocacy, the Friends of the Eramosa Karst group has helped the Hamilton Conservation Authority to secure a long-term lease for these lands from the Ontario Realty Corporation. This means protecting space for species like the Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark and Monarch Butterfly, which will continue to be an integral part of our city’s ecological diversity for years to come.