The HIRA board, in following up with the comments and discussions from residents regarding deer at HIRA’s annual general meeting on August 5, is pleased to introduce MS. EMILY GONZALES, PhD, ECOSYSTEM SCIENTIST/PARK ECOLOGIST, ST. LAWRENCE ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK. Dr. Gonzales will join us on October 8 to present:
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNGULATE
Deer have become ubiquitous and abundant in southern Ontario and throughout many regions worldwide (also noted in MACLEAN’S, August 4, 2008). Hyper abundant deer are a result of the decline of predators and hunters coupled with changes in the land-scape. A voracious herbivore, deer have the ability to alter the structure and function of ecosystems thereby reducing habitat for other animals.
Islands are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of deer. Hyper abundant deer are one of the biggest challenges for parks and protected areas. St. Lawrence Islands National Park is actively managing deer in cooperation with the Mohawks of Akwesasne to help the recovery of a ‘Class A’ site, Hill Island.
Also on the agenda…a brief presentation on a guide to HIRA’s website, www.howeisland.org
Again, all islanders are welcome… If you know people without access to a computer please let them know about the meeting. This is your opportunity to hear directly from an expert on our local ecosystem. Please mark this meeting on your calendar and plan to attend.
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: St. Philomena Parish Hall
HIRA – Board of Directors