Plants & Animals

The Ignatius Old-Growth Forest Project land offers sanctuary for both people and animals, where native flora and fauna can flourish.

An integral part of our ecological restoration work is the inventorying of all plants and animals present. Not only can this information be used for education but is essential to the monitoring and measuring the success of the project.

In 2010, Dougan and Associates conducted an Ecological Land Classification (ELC) survey identifying the different ecological communities present as well as an inventory flora and Fauna. Fish and Benthic invertebrate studies were also conducted by Trout Unlimited and The Wellington Stewardship Council.

The ELC study identified a wide range of ecological communities and habitat. Although the relatively small size of each community is a limiting factor for the suitability for area sensitive species, the long-term goals of the project of restoring old-growth forest conditions will provide increased habitat over time.

So far 76 species of wildlife have been identified. These include 48 species of birds, 6 species of mammals, 3 species of frogs, 8 species of butterflies and 10 species of damsel and dragonflies. The inventory is constantly growing!

Significant Wildlife Species Observed in OGF Project Area

Scientific Name Common Name Rank
Chelydra serpentina Snapping Turtle Special Concern provincially and nationally
Juglans cinerea Butternut Tree Endangered provincially and nationally; rare in Wellington County
Accipiter striatus Sharp-shinned Hawk Area sensitive
Ceryle alcyon Belted Kingfisher Regionally significant
Colapte sauratus Northern Flicker Regionally significant
Contopus virens Eastern Wood-Pewee Regionally significant
Dendroica pinus Pine Warbler Area sensitive
Dryocopus pileatus Pileated Woodpecker Area sensitive
Empidonax traillii Willow Flycatcher Regionally significant
Carex formosa Handsome Sedge Rare in Wellington County
Polygonatum biflorum Hairy Solomon’s Seal Rare (R1) in Wellington County ; S4 Provincially
Rudbeckia laciniata Cut-leaved Coneflower Significant plant for Wellington County*
Trillium cernuum Nodding Trillium; Nodding Wake-Robin Significant plant for Wellington County*
Triosteum aurantiacum Scarlet-fruited Horse-gentian; Wild Coffee Uncommon (R3) in Wellington County; Provincial S5
Elymus riparius Riverbank Wild Rye Rare (R1) in Wellington County; Provincial S4
Floerkea proserpinacoides False Mermaid Rare (R1) in Wellington County; Provincial S4
  • R1 – most rare, or growing on 1 – 3 sites
  • R2 – rare, or growing on 4 – 6 sites
  • R3 – uncommon and found growing on 7 – 10 sites

The information source on the rarity status for plants in Wellington County and the City of Guelph is The City of Guelph’s Locally Significant Species List 2014, part of Guelph’s Natural Heritage Strategy.

For more information about the flora and fauna of the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest Project, please contact us.

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