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A diverse and vibrant ecosystem…
Located in the heart of Southern Ontario, Cedar Haven contains a variety of ecological features unique to the Ontario landscape. Acres of alvar grasslands and meadows, hemlock cathedrals, Carolinian forest and cedar swamp wetlands create a diverse and vibrant ecosystem. Situated in the Ontario Greenbelt, Cedar Haven hosts a piece of the Beverly Swamp, a wonderland of natural habitat. This provincially significant wetland boasts the source of 3 local watersheds, including the Bronte Creek, which flows through the woods of Cedar Haven.
Cedar Haven is covered in 6 hectares of deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forests, which are home to a number of significant mammal, fish and insect species. Monitoring forest ecosystem health is important for ensuring that managed areas are able to eventually become self-sustaining, and are responding well to environmental change.
Did you know? The forests at Cedar Haven are a part of the Beverly Swamp, which is a provincially significant wetland in the Carolinian Zone. Carolinian forests are the most biologically diverse ecoregions in Canada—and the most threatened!
Bees are intertwined with the patterns and functions of their ecological system. Although they are small in size, these pollinator insects pack a big punch when it comes to their effect on the environment. In partnership with Wildlife Preservation Canada, Cedar Haven is a site for bumblebee monitoring.
Native grasslands in Ontario have been greatly diminished due to widespread agricultural and urban development. Cedar Haven is home to an Alvar grassland, a globally rare open habitat that provides shelter to many different species native to the Great Lakes basin. Surveying the alvar grassland at Cedar Haven will provide important information on community structure and ecosystem health trends, and gives Cedar Haven the tools to steward a globally rare ecosystem.
Freshwater streams are very important systems in an ecozone, providing not only a flow of water and nutrients but also crucial habitats to many species of plants and animals, yet due to urbanization and land development they are disappearing from Southern Ontario, and their crucial biodiversity with them. Studying the stream habitats that run through the Cedar Haven property is necessary to get a better idea of Southern Ontario stream diversity, as well as attempting to find evidence of threatened stream-dwelling species such as the Redside Dace (Clinostomus elongatus).
Did you know? The stream system that runs through Cedar Haven is an element of the Bronte Creek watershed, which flows into Lake Ontario!
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The Eco-Discipleship Program will explore the intersection of faith and ecology.
Based in the vibrant city of Hamilton, Ontario, the integrative 12-week program will explore Eco-Literacy, Eco-Theology, Eco-Philosophy & Culture, and hands-on Eco-Projects.
We are called to be disciples to all creation, so we must extend the hope of Jesus and His gift of love to the whole world. By engaging in small community-based learning experiences, the Eco-Discipleship program will shape your identity and your faith, and teach you what it means to know your place, to love a city and to care for the world.