The Boardwalk

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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Cooper’s Marsh Conservation Area, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
August 1, 2010

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A view of the eastern part of the marsh and the boardwalk, taken from a raised observation platform. The Saint Lawrence River is just past the trees and the distant mountains in the background are the Adirondacks in Upper New York State.
To give you an idea how large this area is, that little knot on the boardwalk is a group of 4 people.

_A little note – the flowers predominant in this scene are Purple Loosestrife, an extremely invasive species that has almost taken over this part of the marsh. A few native flowers remain but are slowly being squeezed out by the loosestrife._

A little history, with thanks to

Situated in the Lake St. Francis area of the St. Lawrence River, Cooper Marsh Conservation Area offers an attractive range of marshland, treed swamp, upland meadows, forested areas, wildflower fields, isolated ponds, meandering streams and agricultural land seeded with lure crops for waterfowl.

Cooper Marsh is owned and managed by the Raisin River Conservation Association. The Cooper Marsh Conservators (CMC), a non-profit community support group provide assistance to the RRCA with fundraising, special events and the promotion of this conservation area and its programs. Ducks Unlimited Canada have also been instrumental in the preservation of this site.

Visitors to the Marsh can enjoy the many audio/visual and display rooms in the Visitor’s Centre. . The Visitor’s Centre closes for the winter months but the trails are open year round for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Beginning in the mid 1980’s Ducks Unlimited, with the support of the RRCA, government agencies and other private interest groups built a network of dykes and dams. Three impoundments were created with water levels approximately 1/2 meter higher than that of Lake St. Francis. The resulting flooding has created open water and improved the productivity of the marsh by increasing habitat and plant diversity. The process has taken several years with the result that over 130 bird species now use the area compared to only about 5% of that number before the project began.

Channels and ditches dug into the marsh have created access routes for a variety of fish and small animal inhabitants. Cooper Marsh’s area covers approximately 218 hectares of diversified habitat that attracts over 130 species of birds and a large variety of animal and insect life.

Sony Aplha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 28mm, circular polarizer
iso 100, spot metered, aperture priority f13.0, 1/60 second

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