Skink Recovery Strategy – Update

 You may have already received a letter from the MNR seeking your feedback on yet another Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) posting.  This one (very vaguely) seeks to set-out guidelines for protecting the five-lined skink (aka blue-tailed skink) within the Carolinian ecosystem — which includes Rondeau.  I don’t know if everybody was sent this;  I didn’t get mine yet (but then if the MNR asks I haven’t seen a skink, a toad, a mouse, a mosquito, or a seagull anywhere near my property since 1972.)  It is curious how the Notice is dated December 21st but it took over three weeks to start arriving in the mail.  That’s half the public commenting period.  Curious.  Almost like they don’t want to hear what we have to say.

We’re not going to do a “full-court press” on this EBR posting like we did the last one but we do encourage all RCA members to take the opportunity to comment on it.  In this case, the area covered by this proposal includes much of Southwestern Ontario and — on the surface anyway — it would appear to require Mr Post to stop ripping-out our boardwalks.  (Yeah sure he’ll stop….)

Here’s a link to the EBR Posting <http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTE1MDkx&amp;statusId=MTcyNDcw&amp;language=en>  with instructions on how to comment.  Please respond by email (to sar.habitat@ontario.ca) and cc. the RCA (to rondeaucottagers@gmail.com).  For a link back to an archived RCA Website posting about our long-standing skink concerns please click here <http://www.rondeaucottagers.ca/RCA_Blog/Blog/Entries/2011/6/28_Species_At_Risk_Not_Here!.html> .  Note that the “book” and the “skink” pictures are both hotlinks to other documents.

I have attached a .pdf of an absolutely excellent letter sent by an RCA member in response to the EBR posting.  And earlier tonight I sent the following suggestion to an RCA member asking for ideas about what she might say…

 

I would encourage you to remind Mr Glenn Desy that the cottage community has co-existed with all Rondeau’s species (including the five-lined skink) for 120 years.  And in fact the MNR continues to document a healthy, thriving population of them.  Such a healthy, thriving population is not indicative of a population at risk, nor does it suggest that the skinks have been in any way harmed by the presence of cottagers.  In fact the MNR’s own research states the skinks are thriving as a direct result of the protective structures historically put in place by cottagers — boardwalks, decks, patios, etc.  The only danger facing Rondeau’s skink population right now is that posed by park staff, specifically Superintendent Post’s relentless attack on the cottage community — his senseless destruction of the same sheltering habitats that the new legislation seeks to protect.

 

Please don’t just copy that verbatim (unless you’re really busy) but try to communicate those points in your own words. The bottom line:  We love all our dune-dwelling friends and they’ll continue to thrive here if Mr Post would just stop killing them.

Click Here for a link to a pdf of the publication

– Submitted by Brian French