Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Alderville Black Oak Savanna (Alderville)

The Rice Lake Plains Natural Area is 47,779 hectare (118,065 ac.) of land located in Central Ontario on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Natural Area borders Rice Lake, and includes the Alderville black oak savanna. Holding globally significant tracts of black oak savanna and some of the largest communities of kame moraine forest, tall grass prairie and savannah ecosystems in Ontario, the area is extremely diverse, home to species such as the eastern meadowlark, tri-colored bat and milksnake. The prairie and savanna ecosystems are of particular conservation concern, as less than 3% of these North American habitats remain.

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