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A Tour Through the Marsh

Mary Belanger of New Liskeard, Ont., loves visiting Hilliardton Marsh. Follow her through these photos on a self-guided tour of the wetlands. There are a total of 15 stations, which make for a walk of 4.8 kilometres, one way.

Enjoy the tour with Mary and her friend Lucie as they go through part of the marsh (it’s big!)-it’s a virtual, peaceful outdoor adventure!

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Water's Edge

Water’s Edge

“Lucie took this picture beside station two’s walk-out dock,” says Mary. “It’s a good depiction of what the edge of the water looks like throughout the marsh.”

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Birds at Station Three

Birds at Station Three

“I took this picture last summer. It was late afternoon and there were a fair amount of these birds though I’m not sure what kind of bird they are.”

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Station One

Station One

“It was a nice sunny day and there was a crisp and cool breeze. We could hear the birds chirping and we saw lots of different types of birds flying around. They were all different sizes. It was hard to tell what kind they were.”

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Two Birds at Sunset

Two Birds at Sunset

“These birds were swooping through the air at sunset, when I was at the marsh last June.”

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Enclosed Dock

Enclosed Dock

“Lucie is taking a picture from the Dock at Station Two of the Tour through the Marsh.”

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Bird Netting Station

Bird Netting Station

“These are the contraptions used for netting birds. The volunteers have bird seed readily available for the songbirds. This lures them in and they gently pick them up from the net and band them, or if they are already banned, they check on the identification band and record another year.”

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Hilliardton Marsh information

Hilliardton Marsh information

“A sign with information and an aerial view to show how big this marsh really is.”

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Golden Sunset

Golden Sunset

“This picture was taken last year at sunset. I knelt down to get a different angle. I was so surprised to see the golden colour. This is one of my favourite landscape pictures.”

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Butterfly at Banding Entrance

Butterfly at Banding Entrance

“At the entrance to the banding station there were many butterflies there to greet us. They delicately flew over our heads and would swoop down near us as we walked in. On the way out there were a few butterflies sitting on the ground and I was able to get this nice shot.”

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Ducks Taking Flight

Ducks Taking Flight

“As I sat on my lawn chair I kept my camera focused on these mallards in case they flew and they did. I clicked just at the right moment as they lifted!”

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Beaver of the Marsh

Beaver of the Marsh

“When I was leaving the park last year a beaver swam toward me. I zoomed in a little closer and got this picture.”

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Edge of Station Three

Edge of Station Three

The total area of the Marsh is 725 hectares: 516 hectares of which is upland habitat, and 209 hectares is flooded wetland. Upland habitat refers to any area that is not permanently flooded and includes forest and essentially anything that is not the wetland.

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Loon

Loon

“I took this picture last summer. I could hear the loon calling and I had to zoom in quite a ways to get this picture. Considering it is so far off it turned out to be a keeper. Notice how camouflaged it is in its environment?”