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!
“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.”
“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.”
Two Birds at Sunset
“These birds were swooping through the air at sunset, when I was at the marsh last June.”
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.”
Hilliardton Marsh information
“A sign with information and an aerial view to show how big this marsh really is.”
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.”
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!”
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.