Habitats at the Oliver Ecological Centre
The Oliver Ecological Centre property is very rich in biodiversity. Trent University wants to safeguard and encourage this diversity, which will be a key feature in attracting biological and natural history studies.
The Oliver Ecological Centre property contains a number of
habitats, offering a variety of opportunities for study, including:
The property contains about 38 hectares (94 acres) of hardwood forest,
much of it with well-preserved tracts of mature sugar maple.
A small mature White Cedar forest is present on the property.
Old Agricultural Fields
Previous owners of the Oliver property maintained agricultural fields,
which are now reverting to forest. Some have been abandoned for 40
years, others untouched for only 10 years. The old fields provide the
chance to study the direction and rate of old field successions, as
well as providing habitat for some unique biological species.
An agricultural field immediately north of the main house.
The Oliver property includes about 610 m (2000 feet) of shoreline
habitat on Pigeon Lake, some sandy beach, some marsh, some rocky beach.
Rock layers on a part of the Pigeon lake shoreline.
A sandy beach at the beach in front of the house, viewed during the open house.
Pigeon Lake and other Kawartha Lakes
The Oliver Ecological Centre borders on Pigeon Lake, which in turn is
connected to the other Kawartha Lakes via the Trent Canal system. The
table below describes some of the physical properties of the local
Pigeon Lake and shoreline.
Pigeon Lake from the cottage shoreline.
Physical characteristics of the Kawartha
lakes and rivers. Data for Pigeon Lake is in bold.
|Lake or River Name
(m above sea level)
|Big Bald Lake
|Little Bald Lake
|Lower Buckhorn Lake
||similar to Buckhorn
The Oliver Ecological Centre property has a couple of sizeable marshes
on property, plus a large number of others within short boating or
Marsh bordering forest on the Oliver Ecological Centre property
An example of a marsh on Pigeon Lake, close to the Oliver Ecological Centre property boundary.
Temporary Woodland Pools
These are present in the wet spring season, and disappear as late
spring and early summer proceeds. They give rise to some unique