Transcript: Climate Watch Shorts: The Ojibway Prairie Complex | Jun 07, 2017

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A black spinning globe appears next to the caption "TVO Climate Change Shorts."

A caption reads "Nam Kiwanuka. Climate Watch Shorts host."

Nam is in her forties, has curly brown hair and wears glasses, a pale pink blazer, a black top and a blue and pink printed scarf.

Nam says WELCOME TO CLIMATE
WATCH SHORTS
WHERE WE EXAMINE
THE LOCAL IMPACT
OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
WINDSOR, ONTARIO, IS HOME
TO THE OJIBWAY PRAIRIE,
A GLOBALLY
ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEM
THAT HAS A WIDE VARIETY
OF RARE SPECIES.
WE VISIT THE PARK
TO FIND OUT MORE.

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A caption reads "The Ojibway Praire Complex."

The caption changes to "Nancy Pancheshan. Founder, Save Ojibway."

Nancy is in her forties, with long wavy blond hair and wears white blouse and a gray structured jacket.

Nancy says I THINK
THE OJIBWAY PRAIRIE STORY
IS A STORY OF
BEING CANADIAN,
AND IT HAS BEEN PASSED
FROM GENERATIONS.
JOHN MACOUN, CANADA'S
FIRST BOTANIST,
HE CAME TO
OJIBWAY IN 1890.
AND HE NICKNAMED OJIBWAY
THE GARDEN OF RARITIES.
THE OJIBWAY
PRAIRIE COMPLEX
IS A FIVE-PARK
SYSTEM.
AND IT BEGINS AT
BLACK OAK PARK,
THEN OJIBWAY PARK,
THE OJIBWAY PRAIRIE
PROVINCIAL NATURE RESERVE,
THEN WE HAVE THE
TALL GRASS PRAIRIE
AND SPRING GARDEN.

An aerial view shows an image of all 5 parks.

Nancy says IT'S ALSO PART OF THE
DETROIT WILDLIFE REFUGE,
THE ONLY INTERNATIONAL
WILDLIFE REFUGE
IN NORTH AMERICA.
THIS WAS THE
SECTION OF PARK
THAT PAUL MAYCOTTE
REDISCOVERED IN THE '70s.
HE WAS THE CATALYST FOR
THIS AREA BEING PROTECTED.
WHAT IT WAS GOING
TO TURN INTO
WAS MOWED DOWN AND
PINE TREES PLANTED.
TALL GRASS PRAIRIE
USED TO COVER
23 PERCENT OF
NORTH AMERICA.
AND NOW, LESS THAN HALF
A PERCENTAGE REMAINS.
AND OUR MOST SIGNIFICANT
SAMPLE FOR ONTARIO
EXISTS IN
OJIBWAY PRAIRIE.
THE TALL GRASS
PRAIRIE ECOSYSTEM;
IT IS NOW RANKED AS
GLOBALLY ENDANGERED.
SO WITH A GLOBALLY
ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEM,
YOU HAVE MANY ENDANGERED
AND THREATENED SPECIES.
THERE'S ABOUT 4,000
SPECIES THAT LIVE HERE.
THERE IS SPECIES
THAT YOU CAN'T FIND
ANY OTHER PLACE
IN CANADA.
MANY RESEARCHERS COME
BECAUSE OF ITS DIVERSITY.
IT HAS MORE
DIVERSITY, ACTUALLY,
THAN THE BRUCE TRAIL.
AND THERE'S ONE SPECIES
THAT YOU CAN ONLY FIND
IN OJIBWAY IN THE
WHOLE WORLD,
AND IT'S A FLY.
AND THEY NAMED IT
AFTER OJIBWAY.

An image of the insect appears with a caption that reads "Loxora Ojibwayensis. (Loxocera Cylindrica)."

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Nancy says IT'S INCREDIBLE HOW LITTLE
ECOSYSTEM WINDSOR HAS,
YET WHAT WE HAVE IS
GLOBALLY ENDANGERED.
SO IT'S NOT ONTARIO;
IT'S NOT CANADA;
IT'S FOR THE GLOBE,
SO IT'S VERY UNIQUE.
FROM A WINDSOR
PERSPECTIVE, WE HAVE
5.4 PERCENT REMAINING
IN NATURAL AREAS.

An animated map zooms in Windsor.

Nancy says WE HAVE VERY
LITTLE LEFT.
WE'RE AT THE BOTTOM
OF THE BARREL.
AND IF WE CAN'T PROTECT
THE PARKS THAT ARE HERE,
WE'RE GOING TO HAVE
A HUGE PROBLEM
WITH THE EFFECTS
OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
TRANSBOUNDARY POLLUTION
IS THE HIGHEST IN WINDSOR
THAN ANYWHERE
ELSE IN CANADA.
THEY SAY ONE TREE
CANOPY REDUCES ANNUALLY
ABOUT A FIVE-KILO BAG
OF PARTICULATE.
THAT EQUATES TO
OJIBWAY REDUCES
67,000 POUNDS OF
POLLUTION A YEAR.

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Nancy says WE'RE AT MATCHETTE ROAD
AND THIS IS THE ROAD
THAT THE EFFORTS ARE
ON TO CLOSE IT.
IT PRETTY WELL DISSECTS
THE HEART OF OJIBWAY.
UP TO ABOUT 9800
VEHICLES A DAY.
EVEN WITHOUT ANY
NEW DEVELOPMENT,
THIS ROAD IS HURTING
THIS GLOBALLY
ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEM.
ONE OF THE EXPERTS,
JON CHOQUETTE,
HE RECORDED ALL THE
ROAD MORTALITY
THAT HAD HAPPENED
LAST OCTOBER.
AND WHAT HE FOUND WAS 200
SPECIES THAT WERE KILLED
AND 90 WERE SPECIES AT RISK,
ENDANGERED AND THREATENED.

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THE BIG BOX IS
IN THE PAST.
IT WAS APPROVED; IT'S
GOING TO HAPPEN.
MY BIGGEST CONCERN WAS
ALWAYS THE TRAFFIC
THAT IT WOULD BRING.
THE TWO PARKS THAT WILL
BE DIRECTLY IMPACTED
BY THE BIG BOX HAVE 21
ENDANGERED AND THREATENED
SPECIES, BUT THAT'S LIKELY
TO INCREASE ONE MORE
BECAUSE OF COSEWIC'S
RECOMMENDATION TO ADD
THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY
TO THE ENDANGERED LIST.
ON TWO OCCASIONS
OJIBWAY'S HAD THE TOP
BUTTERFLY COUNTS FOR
ALL OF NORTH AMERICA.
SO, WE'VE GOT
SOMETHING REALLY RARE
AND INCREDIBLE
HERE IN WINDSOR.

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Nancy says OJIBWAY DOES REPRESENT
A HABITAT
THAT USED TO BE
IN ONTARIO.
AND WE NEED TO SUPPORT
AREAS LIKE THIS.
IF WE WANT TO
RECREATE THIS,
WE NEED TO HAVE
A TEMPLATE.
AND IT'S HERE
IN OJIBWAY.
IT'S A PROVINCIALLY
SIGNIFICANT WETLAND
AND AN AREA THAT'S
GLOBALLY ENDANGERED.
WE HAVE THIS INCREDIBLE
JEWEL THAT'S 800 ACRES
THAT WE CAN DEVELOP
OUR OWN BRUCE TRAIL
IN WINDSOR, ONTARIO.
TRAILS FOR CYCLISTS,
NATURALISTS
AND BIRDERS ALIKE.

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