Morgan’s Grant Hydro Corridor

Morgan’s Grant Hydro Corridor

A Morgan’s Grant Hydro Corridor pollinator habitat restoration project began in 2017 when Hydro One cleared and reseeded much of the area between Terry Fox to just North of Brady with native wildflowers and grasses designed to choke out invasive species like toxic Wild Parsnip; as part of its required infrastructure maintenance program.

 

Pollinators have been on a steep decline for decades. Multiple threats including habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change are largely to blame. Large scale immediate changes to land use are necessary to reverse this trend. A host of ecological and economic benefits derive from creating and enhancing pollinator habitat.

Urban meadows are healthy greenspaces full of self-sustaining native plants and grasses that provide habitat for pollinators and help us fight climate change. Pollinators are crucial for maintaining healthy ecosystems and our food web. Plants need them for reproduction, and we need pollinators to help plants make food for us. Pollinators have the potential to bring us 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat. We depend on pollinators for our food and our future. https://www.pollinator.org/pollinators

Urban meadows help cool the environment and sink carbon. Deep-rooted native perennials also slow and absorb stormwater while filtering and improving water quality. Aside from these bonuses, the vibrant and rich beauty of meadow landscapes positively impact our own well-being. Studies show that being in nature helps to improve our moods and regulate our nervous systems, among other wonderful things.

The pictures below were taken by our “corridor naturalists” who are taking images of various insects, flowers and other species and cataloging them on the iNaturalist website (https://www.inaturalist.org/). To see observations recorded in the corridor, go to the iNaturalist site and search on “bmgca”!