An Exceptional Natural Environment Within an Urban Zone
This natural environment of over 100 ha is home to 17 rare and threatened species, about forty wetlands, dozens of trees that are over 100 years old, as well as an impressive biodiversity.
With its 267 identified fauna and flora species, the Miner Woodlands is a delight to the City's residents that visit it and encounter the richness of a nature that is increasingly threatened.
The biologists are overseeing the inventory, protection and highlighting of this exceptional natural setting in Granby , and creating communication tools to encourage the population to carry out eco-citizen initiatives and develop their sense of belonging and knowledge of the woodlands.
Over the last 5 years, many actions have been undertaken by the Zoo de Granby and its collaborators. These include flora and fauna inventories (birds, bats, amphibians, reptiles, land mammals), awareness raising programs, development of communication tools (interpretation panels, information guides, trail maps, nature workshops) monitoring the ecological integrity of the woodlands and their peripheral zone.
Conclusion of a personalized accompanying phase for 28 border property owners, covering 25% of the peripheral zone. 90 ecological actions were completed and 16 are presently being completed, out of the 166 recommendations offered to improve the woodlands’ biodiversity to its bordering land owners.
Four-toed salamanders, rare plants and exotic invasive plant species inventories and monitoring of 19 tree swallows and eastern bluebirds nesting boxes.
Creation of a 50 m2 pond in one of the park’s grasslands to boost biodiversity and endangered species populations such as bats.
Vision for the future
The Zoo biologists hope to establish an action plan for managing invasive exotic plants, as they continue their inventories, awareness raising and citizen involvement actions.
The Zoo de Granby is recognized by its peers throughout Canada
At the Canada Accredited Zoos and Aquariums organization (CAZA) conference, held in Ottawa in September 2018, the work accomplished since 2014 by the Zoo de Granby to preserve and improve the Boisés-Miner was rewarded with the Peter Karsten In-situ Conservation Award.