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|What my hawk looked like: A Swainson's Hawk|
|This photo depicts a magpie harassing an owl, but my wounded hawk flew up to the top of the pole just like this.|
Roads, rails, pipelines, telephone wires, seismic lines ... are called "linear disturbances", and are one of the main threats to wildlife. Clearly. Many are unnecessary and some could be reclaimed if we actually made it a priority. The OWC is working on classifying linear features for just this purpose - reclamation.
Yet the plan for Alberta's countryside over the next 50 years is to populate yet more of our wild spaces, partcularly in the SW of the province. This means more people drawing wells, building roads into their properties, most tying into the grid, all driving at least 2 or more vehicles. Most people will be fleeing the cities and many will be novices regarding land stewardship.
Please see: OWC Headwaters Indicator Project for the science on linear features
Please also see: Simulation of Alberta to 2050
And thanks to: Birds of Prey Centre for all they do.