EBR Registry Number: 011-3181
Description: Gilead Power Corporation has applied for a permit under clause 17(2)(c) of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) to kill, harm and harass Blanding’s Turtle and Whip-poor-will as well as damage and destroy the habitat of Whip-poor-will for the purpose of the development and operation of Ostrander Point Wind Energy Park in the Township of South Marysburgh.
Members of the public are invited to submit their written comments by June 9, 2011 to the contact person listed in this notice. Please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and quote ER number 011-3181 in the subject line.
Please send copies of your objection to:
Whip Poor Will
In April 2009, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) listed the Whip-poor-will as Threatened. The species has not yet gained official status on Canada’s Species at Risk List.
The change in designation comes as long-term and short-term declines in the species have been seen, particularly in eastern populations. Local populations have dropped more than 30% over a 10-year period; the decline is most likely linked to other insect-feeding bird species’ population declines, due to habitat loss and significant changes to the prey base.
The Blanding’s Turtle is protected under the federal Species at Risk Act, as well as populations that occur in Point Pelee, Georgian Bay Islands and Kejimkujik national parks being protected under the Canada National Parks Act.
Provincially, the Blanding’s Turtle is protected under the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act and the Ontario Provincial Policy Statement of the Planning Act.