Part 2 – Interview with Dr. Janice Gilbert, wetland ecologist

Georgian Bay Forever posed a few questions to Dr. Janice Gilbert , wetland ecologist, to get her perspective on climate change, wetlands, and biodiversity for the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay. We are grateful for her time and insight.

Question 2. In your view, what top five native species in Georgian Bay are at risk?

Many wetland species are specialists, requiring specific habitat conditions, which is one reason why a high proportion of species at risk are wetland dependant. For this reason species at risk will be most vulnerable to the anticipated changes in their habitat due to Climate Change.

Five examples of wetland dependant species at risk in the Georgian Bay area include:

  • Least Bittern
  • Spotted Turtle
  • Blanding’s Turtle
  • Eastern Foxsnake
  • Common Snapping Turtle

GBF Fast Facts
  • The Great Lakes support more than 3500 different species, approximately 80% of which rely on the Bay’s Coastal wetlands.
  • According to the website of Environment and Climate Change Canada as of Feb 20, 2015, there are 345 plants and animal species at risk of disappearing in Canada.