What would life be without Big Creek

By Greg Nemeth

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What would Amherstburg be without the Big Creek being a part of our community? Most of us probably don’t think about the important role it plays in our daily lives. Most residents of Amherstburg probably bring the Big Creek to mind every week with something they did recently or it could have been something they had done during the year. So why is it nature lovers don’t have any land to wander around on when the Big Creek is thriving with seventy-seven percent of the bird families in Essex County recorded north of Alma.

When has the Big Creek been looked at by Amherstburg or the Ontario Government and decided it has to be cared for in a way that all species in that natural Community will continue to exist. The Big Creek north of Alma is a major attraction for thirty-seven different families of birds because of the diverse habitat surrounding the Big Creek and yet it is privately owned. There are only forty-eight bird families in the county. Point Pelee was mostly privately owned and because it was so important to save for all the species existing in it, the Ontario Government acquired it.

Species every year are fewer mostly because of nature habitat lose. The Monarch Butterfly has been gives special concern status and it was spoken about mostly when it was decided Point Pelee should be a protected area in Ontario. The Monarch butterfly is always seen near the Big Creek along with many others with include the Tiger Swallowtail and Giant Tiger Swallowtail. I total near 30 species of butterflies. Most whitetail deer move our during the winter but start arriving in late spring to raise their families and the land all around the Big Creek is needed for food and shelter protection. Muskrat, mink, coyote, fox and the lowly cottontail pass through the habitat north of Alma along the Big Creek.

When do we start thinking more seriously about protecting and preserving the nature communities in Amherstburg North of Alma and south of Texas road? I have recorded the Acadian Flycatcher, Redheaded woodpecker, Fowlers toad, Snapping turtle, Easter fox snake and Monarch butterfly that are all species at risk. We need twelve percent of nature habitat in the county. We aren’t at eight. Let’s make decisions before it’s too late again to save the Big Creek and the Natural Communities associated with its surrounding area. Let Amherstburg and the Ministry of natural Resources know that you the residents of Amherstburg want to save the Big Creek.

Let’s speak out and let Amherstburg and the Ministry of Natural Resources know that we do care what happens with out nature habitat in our community. E-mails, letters and phone calls will help but we have to be persistent, polite and respectful. Take the time, get involved and make a difference.

One response to “What would life be without Big Creek”

  1. Murray Purdy says:

    As a 16 year resident of Amherstburg, I and
    my wife have a constant flow of out of Town
    friends that are amazed at the “nature” of
    Amherstburg. There are continuous and repeat
    trips to view nature at its best. Big Creek
    is one of the repeat trips to stop near the
    bridge and watch the variety of ducks, geese
    and hawks. I always tell our guests that a
    number of years ago, my major excitement that
    season was viewing a Golden Eagle purched and looking for a meal.
    Big Creek must get out of private hands and
    into Government hands so that it can be
    preserved for future generations.