Due to urban and agricultural development, natural grasslands in Southern Ontario are becoming increasingly rare. Cedar Haven has several different grasslands on the property, including an alvar — an ecologically important habitat in the Great Lakes region. Our team is working to restore grasslands throughout the Cedar Haven property by removing invasive species and investigating habitat creation to incentivize native species to recolonize the area.
Two at risk grassland bird species have already been identified in these grasslands. The Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) and the Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), once common inhabitants of Southern Ontario grasslands, are now threatened due to habitat destruction. Restoring the grasslands at Cedar Haven will create more habitat for these native birds, as well as other important grassland species.