Wildlife in the Essex region are among the rarest and most biodiverse in Canada. The Place for Life is home to more than 240 federally or provincially rare species of plants or animals. Exceptional wildlife spectacles the spring bird migration through Point Pelee National Park and Hillman Marsh Conservation Areas, the endangered herptiles (reptiles and amphibians) of Pelee Island, the fall raptor migration through Holiday Beach, the largest heronries in the province on the islands in Lake Erie, and the fall gatherings of butterflies. ERCA’s wide variety of conservation programs help protect and provide habitat for these species.
Available from the ERCA office, are plans for nest boxes for Eastern Bluebirds, Wood Ducks, Kestrels, Screech Owls, Purple Martins, and Bats.
Wildlife Damage Control
Occasionally, wildlife activity may cause damage to personal property. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry provides information on how you can avoid conflicts with wild animals, from Canada geese to coyotes.
Environment and Climate Change Canada also provides information regarding managing conflicts with nuisance wildlife (Canada Geese and Mute Swans).
The Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management has published an authoritative manual describing wildlife behaviour and techniques for preventing and controlling wildlife damage. Below are the most common species for which information on damage control is requested. The links below are in PDF format.