Fowl-lovers in Vernon, B.C., gained a victory this week when metropolis council ordered an organization planning to construct flats close to a many years previous nice blue heron rookery to make sure the birds is not going to be disturbed.
Greater than 100 residents attended a three-hour public assembly within the north Okanagan metropolis earlier than council made the unanimous vote Monday night. It requires Scotland Constructors — the proprietor of the three,800-square-metre parcel of land positioned at 5000 twentieth Road — to rent a professional environmental skilled who can present a safety and mitigation plan for the good blue herons that nest and lift their chicks on timber adjoining to the property.
The corporate should submit the environmental report earlier than receiving the event allow to remodel the farmland right into a low-rise condo advanced.
That is excellent news for Jane Weixl, a member of the Vernon Heronry Safety Society, who has been advocating for defense on the heronry.
“I used to be thrilled to listen to [the] council say that they voted unanimously to help the herons,” she stated.
Greater than 100 majestic birds have been nesting within the cottonwood timber for greater than three many years on the land now owned by Rita Bos. He signed an settlement with the North Okanagan Regional District to not lower the timber down.
The Metropolis of Vernon held a public listening to Monday on rezoning a property subsequent to the heronry earlier than council handed a decision calling for a plan to guard the birds. (Metropolis of Vernon)
“Each time I see them fly over the lake or over my home when I’m on the seashore, I simply cease useless and go ‘Wow,’ ” Weixl stated.
Weixl stated the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Membership has planted a brand new stand of cottonwood timber within the Swan Lake Nature Reserve — 5 kilometres north of the rezoned property — for the herons, however the timber should not but sufficiently big to host all of the birds and their nests.
The good blue heron is a species of particular concern in Canada.