Species at Risk

Amherst Island Avian Species-at-Risk
Amherst Island – Non Avian Species-at-Risk

Exemptions to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act for industrial wind developments:

  1. Blanding’s Turtle – EBR Registry Number: 011-3181 (Prince Edward)
  2. Whip-poor-will – EBR Registry Number: 011-3181 (Prince Edward), ER number 011-9446 (Amherst Island)
  3. project would threaten peregrine falcons native to the escarpment (Thunder Bay)
  4. Henslow’s sparrow and Rusty blackbird
  5. Bobolink – EBR Registry Number: 011-4446 (Grand Valley, Dufferin), EBR Registry Number:   011-5781 (Haldimand), EBR Registry Number: 011-6555 (Manitoulin),  Environmental Registry 011-895 (Bluewater), Environmental Registry – SUBMIT COMMENT 011-9081 (East Durham, Grey County), ER number 011-9446 (Amherst Island), More than 150 hectares of grasslands that are home to bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks will be affected by the Cedar Point project WCO (Lambton County)
  6. Eastern Meadowlark – EBR Registry Number:   011-5781 (Haldimand), EBR Registry Number: 011-6555 (Manitoulin), Environmental Registry – SUBMIT COMMENT 011-9081 (East Durham, Grey County), ER number 011-9446 (Amherst Island)
  7. … supersedes the Endangered Species Act. Bald eagles and bobblings, both protected species, are found in the area where the turbines are to be erected (Parry Sound) NorOntBus
  8. Authorization for the removal of a Bald Eagle nest 011-7916 Haldimand County, ON
  9. potential to adversely affect Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark and Eastern Whip-poor-will habitat Environmental Registry OWR WT

bald eagle nest

Bobolinks undertake one of the longest annual migrations of any North American songbird, making a round trip of approximately 20,000 km to Argentina and back. During migration, Bobolinks have been known to travel up to 1,800 km in a single day.

Bill 55 paves the way for environmental destruction

industrial wind developers will no longer have to request an exemption permit under the Endangered Species Act or post such notice to the EBR

There have been six exemption permit requests in the last few months by solar and wind developers. Samsung, at this moment, is requesting an exemption permit to rid the area of meadowlarks and bobolinks for its wind power plant.

The Government of Ontario is bypassing its own Endangered Species Act. This is a direct quote from the website of the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR):

Permit under section 17 of the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) to allow Gilead Power Corporation 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, Prince Edward County (Source)

Both of these species are classified as threatened on the MNR’s Species at Risk in Ontario List.

It is difficult to understand why the very ministry that claims to “conserve biodiversity” seems to be fine with a project that threatens 2 already threatened species.

This is how it works: Because it is illegal to “kill, harm and harass” these threatened species, explicit permission must be granted to developers whose activities kill, harm, harass, damage and destroy; so that they can do so without violating the Endangered Species Act.

Despite the bad press, the project received no objection from the MNR and has now proceeded to the Ministry of Environment for further approval. The project is once again open for public comments through the Environmental Bill of Rights website.

More than 200 Species at Risk in Ontario — the list gets longer every year

Acadian Flycatcher
Allegheny Mountain Dusky Salamander
American Badger
American Chestnut
American Columbo
American Eel
American Ginseng
American Water-willow
American White Pelican
Aweme Borer Moth
Bald Eagle
Barn Owl
Barn Swallow
Bent spike-rush
Bird’s-foot Violet
Black Redhorse
Black Tern
Blackstripe Topminnow
Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
Blanding’s Turtle
Blue Ash
Blue Racer
Blunt-lobed Woodsia
Bogbean Buckmoth
Branched Bartonia
Bridle Shiner
Broad Beech Fern
Butler’s Gartersnake
Canada warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Channel Darter
Cherry Birch
Chimney swift
Climbing Prairie Rose
Common Five-lined Skink
Common Hoptree
Common nighthawk
Crooked-stem Aster
Cucumber Tree
Cutlip Minnow
Dense Blazing Star
Drooping Trillium
Dwarf Hackberry
Dwarf Lake Iris
Eastern Flowering Dogwood
Eastern Foxsnake (
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Mole
Eastern Musk Turtle
Eastern Persius Duskywing
Eastern PondmusselJuniper Sedge
Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus
Eastern Ribbonsnake
Eastern Sand Darter
Eastern Tiger Salamander
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Eastern Wolf
Engelmann’s Quillwort
Eskimo Curlew
False Hop Sedge
False Rue-anemone
Few-flowered Club-rush
Flooded Jellyskin
Forked Three-awned Grass
Four-leaved Milkweed
Fowler’s Toad
Frosted Elfin
Gattinger’s Agalinis
Golden Eagle
Golden-winged Warbler
Grass Pickerel
Gravel Chub
Gray Ratsnake
Gray Ratsnake
Greater Prairie-Chicken
Green Dragon
Grey Fox
Hart’s-tongue Fern
Heart-leaved Plantain
Henslow’s Sparrow
Hill’s Pondweed
Hill’s Thistle
Hine’s Emerald
Hoary Mountain-mint
Hooded Warbler
Horned grebe
Horsetail Spike-rush
Houghton’s Goldenrod
Hungerford’s Crawling
Illinois Tick-trefoil
Incurved Grizzled Moss
Jefferson Salamander
Karner Blue
Kentucky Coffee-tree
King Rail
Kirtland’s WarblerLake Chubsucker
Lake Erie Watersnake
Lake Sturgeon
Lakeside Daisy
Large Whorled Pogonia
Laura’s Clubtail
Least Bittern
Loggerhead Shrike
Louisiana Waterthrush
Mapleleaf Mussel
Mountain Lion or Cougar
Nodding Pogonia
Northern Barrens Tiger Beetle
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Brook Lamprey
Northern Dusky Salamander
Northern Madtom
Northern Map Turtle
Northern Riffleshell
Ogden’s Pondweed
Olive-sided flycatcher
Pale-bellied Frost Lichen
Peregrine Falcon
Pink Milkwort
Piping Plover
Pitcher’s Thistle
Polar Bear
Prothonotary Warbler
Pugnose Minnow
Pugnose Shiner
Purple Twayblade
Pygmy Pocket Moss
Pygmy Snaketail
Rainbow Mussel
Rapids clubtail
Rayed Bean
Red Knot rufa subspecies
Red Mulberry
Red-headed Woodpecker
Redside Dace
Riddell’s Goldenrod
River Redhorse
Round HickorynutRound Pigtoe
Round-leaved Greenbrier
Rusty-patched Bumble Bee
Salamander Mussel
Scarlet Ammannia
Short-eared Owl
Shortjaw Cisco
Shortnose Cisco
Showy Goldenrod
Showy Goldenrod
Shumard Oak
Silver Chub
Silver Shiner
Skinner’s Agalinis
Slender Bush-clover
Small White Lady’s-slipper
Small Whorled Pogonia
Small-flowered Lipocarpha
Small-mouthed Salamander
Snapping turtle
SnuffboxSpiny Softshell
Spoon-leaved Moss
Spotted Gar
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Turtle
Spotted Wintergreen
Spring Blue-eyed Mary
Spring Salamander
Swamp Rose-mallow
Timber Rattlesnake
Tuberous Indian-plantain
Upper Great Lakes Kiyi
Virginia Goat’s-rue
Virginia Mallow
Water Beetle
Wavy-rayed Lampmussel
West Virginia White
Western Silvery Aster
White Prairie Gentian
White Wood Aster
Wild Hyacinth
Willowleaf Aster
Wood Turtle
Woodland Caribou
Woodland Vole
Yellow Rail
Yellow-breasted ChatEastern Prairie Fringed-orchid


2 Responses to Species at Risk

  1. Cyd Vandenberg says:

    I’m at a loss. I had to pay for 2 enviromental assessments to improve my home because I’m on the 12th Conn and I back onto the ‘significant wetlands’ of Blacks Creek to the east of Lake Eugenia. And yet the province is putting up 5 turbines on the south side of those wetlands???? What a bunch of hypocrites!!!

    • It hurts. When the government treats energy production like a critical event there are casualties. There is no requirement to explain their panic, but by their power and imminence they damage lives they are under obligation to respect, sometimes outright destroying them. They appear to have cold hearts and little faith. Well, my heart goes out to you. You have to stand in the gap for officials that have lost their way, and it isn’t easy. It seems they don’t contemplate enough and find being bullies too satisfying.

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