Habitat Connections

Habitat Connections

The Niagara Restoration Council received a grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation and EcoAction to implement a native seeding project within the Niagara region. In locations near Short Hills Provincial Park, native tallgrass prairie seed mix was drilled into approximately 50 acres of old agricultural field. Ontario NativeScapes was contracted in 2016 to perform the operation by implementing site preparation and planting using a seed driller. Approximately 206 kg of seed consisting of tallgrass prairie mix was planted throughout the sites. Species included in the tallgrass prairie mix include: Big Bluestem, Indian Grass, Wild Bergamot, Black Eyed Susan, Little Bluestem, Evening Primrose and other native tallgrass prairie species.

Tallgrass Prairie was once a significant part of Canada’s landscape but since agricultural and urban development has increased, this once flourishing habitat has become extremely endangered and is less to 1% of it’s original extent. Restoring land to tallgrass prairie ecosystems provides benefits such as quality wildlife habitat, improved soil health and water quality protection. It provides habitat for a range of different species including grassland songbirds, mammals and key pollinator insects such as bees, butterflies, ants and beetles. The forbs provide a key nectar source for pollinators and offer a corridor for forage and protection.