This report is a progress report on the research funded by Sierra Club carried out from May to October in 2011. The three main projects share an overarching theme that examines threats to coastal biodiversity because of changes in the hydrologic regime of Lakes Huron and Erie.
The first project provides an initial glimpse of how northern pike utilize wetland and nearshore habitat in Tadenac Bay and the surrounding region.
The second is a comparison of home ranges of the Blanding's turtle (species at risk) in two protected areas (Beausoleil Island of Georgian Bay Island National Park and Rondeau Bay Provincial Park) that have very different landscape features and experience different stresses. Since this is the first documented study of a Blanding's population on an island, a sub--‐project has been carried out to determine if turtles select for specific habitats before, during and after nesting as has been suggested by the literature.
The third project examines the effects of rain effects and agricultural practices on the water quality of first--‐order streams in the Beaver River watershed.
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