Courtice North Photo Gallery
Our area is very special for its hydrological function, where
the hidden groundwater source provides perfect base and conditions for the forest cover.
This cover provides unique habitat for rare flora and fauna not found anywhere else in
Courtice anymore. Black, Farewell, Harmony Creeks, our local Provincially Significant
Wetland Complex and well known Second Marsh in Oshawa depend on the same source- cool
groundwater and high water table level. With more urbanization we are going to lose this
Natural Heritage. With decreased infiltration of precipitation (by removal of forest for
housing) groundwater reserves are diminished, water table drop, and the watershed's
capacity to sustain dry-season water flow is impaired( Leedy and Adams, 1986). Each state,
province, place has its special attraction and people are trying to protect it and are
proud of it. It is their identification. Courtice North was and still is our only Natural
Heritage. Local resident Allan Vaillancourt once wrote:
"IF WE LOSE SOME OF THIS PRECIOUS HERITAGE,
WE WILL BE A LESSER COMMUNITY WITHOUT IT".
Photo Gallery is divided into section A which will present you
with some rare and threatened flora and fauna species and section B describing negative
moves on this fragile system. Matching the pictures with word symbols will involve you in
making your decision whether these actions are right or wrong. Hopefully, you are going to
share your finding with your friends. This is not the decision for the protection of rare
and threatened species only, it goes far beyond, the quality and quantity of our common
drinking water resource (groundwater entering into Lake Ontario) is threatened. Are you
going to take part in decision making of your future?
A: Threatened Flowers &
Part A. Many flowers and creatures were already eliminated by us
and the remaining ones depend on our future actions. Below you can find the list of some
Red-shouldered Hawk; Sparrow Hawk; Red Tailed
Hawk; Sharp-shinned hawk; Eastern Kingbird; Golden-Croened kinglet; Rose-breasted
Grosbeak; Indigo Bunting; Purple Finch; Great Blue and Black-crowned Night Heron;
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Hairy and Downy Woodpecker; Northern water Thrush; Common
Flicker; Cedar Waxwing; Orioles; Sparrows (Chipping, White-crowned, White-throated);
Yellow Warbler; Barred Owl.
Plants/Flowers: Yellow Lady's Slipper; Showy Orchid; Ginger; Trout
Lily; Ginseng; Pale-spike Lobelia; Nodding Ladies'-Tresses; Slender Gerardia; Fringed and Closed
Gentian; Poison Ivy; Maidenhair; Royal; Christmas; Mackay's Brittle Fern; False
Beaver; Star-nossed mole; Red eft; Green Frog;
Dragonfly; Coyote; White-tailed deer; Raccoon; Chipmunk; Trout. Beaver; Star-nossed mole; Red eft; Green Frog;
Dragonfly; Coyote; White-tailed deer; Raccoon; Chipmunk; Trout.
Some of these species are being "preyed upon" by us
and our cats and dogs. Some people do not realize that each one has its own special place
and task to keep our environment healthy; e.g., birds collect insects, which replant,
fertilize; frogs remove mosquitoes from our backyards, etc. So far we have found over 500
plants. The need for their identification and protection is in our hands.
(more photos to be added...)
B: WHAT IS WRONG?
PHOTO GALLERY - Part B. The part "What is wrong" presents you with actions
that should not take place during sustainable development, they could be avoided by proper
Deforestation, garbage in/along streams/woodlots, bank
erosion and its vegetation removal, storm sewer, concreted
bed of cold stream like Farewell, stream diversion, filling
in groundwater recharge/wetlands with (contaminated) soil, piped and covered
streams, run-off, outfalls from retaining ponds, setbacks, flooding.
Is it economically and socially viable to
continue developing this area?
Special and expensive techniques are required to build in area
like Courtice North. Special studies are required to be done prior to the development
because the water resources are threatened. Maintenance of all built facilities requires
special and expensive care and it is our tax dollar that has to take care of that because
when is everything built, our municipality is responsible for its care. As you can see
from the pictures, most of these facilities don't work. Our very own life is threatened by
possible flood, the health of people susceptible to upper respiratory illnesses is
threatened because the wetness and moisture of the air ( this area is swampy) will make
our environment not suitable for healthy life. Standing water in retaining ponds will not
help to reduce the only pest present here, the mosquito.
What we need: Instead of building
expansion in Courtice North we should rather concentrate on improving the quality of our
lives. We don't have services here, we need improvement of existing roads and facilities.
We need full time staff Fire Department instead of part time for our protection.
You can help by contacting your local council by
letter or as a delegation before Council. See Contacting Council
(Clarington) for information on how to be heard.
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