Oakville has one of the most biodiverse environments in Ontario with over 900 species of plants, 185 types of birds, 30 species of amphibians and reptiles, 29 mammals and 58 different kinds of fish. A number of these species are considered endangered and threatened. Threats to biodiversity include:
We all play a role in supporting the rich resources we have in our community. Learn more and take action to keep Oakville green and beautiful for all of its inhabitants.
To assist residents in protecting our wildlife and to reduce conflict situations with wildlife, a newly introduced Oakville Strategy for Biodiversity was approved by Council on September 24, 2018. This document accompanied by our Wildlife Conflict Protocols and Wildlife Procedure were developed with input from stakeholders including the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Oakville Milton Humane Society and Conservation Halton.
Until the early 1900s, American chestnut was a dominant canopy tree in deciduous forest stands that historically blanketed much of the eastern part of the continent. Besides its ecosystem role in those forests, the species was valued for its rot-resistant timber and as a food source for humans and wildlife.
It once dominated the forests of eastern North America, but the American chestnut was nearly wiped out during the past century by a devastating fungal disease. Now a new survey conducted by University of Guelph researchers offers a bit of hope for the survival – and perhaps the ultimate recovery — of this native tree in southwestern Ontario.
The Anderson Bridge Parkette Garden for Life, at the corner of Rebecca and Forsythe streets, offers visitors the opportunity to experience a biodiverse garden and learn more about what benefits this can offer. Key elements making this space beneficial to our community include:
Learn more about these topics by reading the educational signs at the park.
The 3,000 square foot Anderson Bridge Parkette, transformed by the Oakville Horticultural Society and a team of volunteers, has more than 40 native plant species. It also features a permeable pathway that allows water and air to move through, in turn reducing run-off and protecting the river below. Blooming from early spring to fall, the garden also supports many pollinators and provides food and shelter for wildlife. Once established the park requires no watering, fertilizing, or use of pesticides and gas powered equipment to maintain. A grand opening was held on September 15, 2012 to celebrate.
The Town of Oakville and OHS appreciate the support from volunteers, Halton Region, Fern Ridge Landscaping, David Hawley and Associates, and the Petrie Group for helping to establish the garden. Additional thanks go to Canon Canada, Whole Foods of Oakville, Henry’s, Mississauga Camera Club, Sunrise Senior Living, Genworth Financial, Hauser Canada, Royal Botanical Gardens and Edge Imaging for their support of the Freeman Patterson event and the OHS Sustainable Gardens Initiatives.
Oakville’s Garden for Life serves as a model for sustainable gardening throughout the community.
For details about the Anderson Bridge Parkette Garden for Life and sustainable gardening, you can also visit the Oakville Horticultural Society website.
Oakville is home to a number of plants, animals and fish that are considered at risk. This is a designation given to species that are threatened with extinction, extirpation or endangerment in a given geographic region. Recovery and conservation efforts are governed in part by Ontario's Species at Risk Act and the federal Endangered Species Act. Activities and/or development that impacts a listed species may be subject to this legislation. Locally, the town has undertaken a number of initiatives to support species at risk such as the American Chestnut pilot project, incorporating bat habitat in some of our creek rehabilitation projects and increasing our supply of milkweed through pollinator gardens and no mow policies to help monarch butterflies.