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The trails and viewing platforms located throughout Second Marsh and adjacent areas provide visitors with an opportunity to explore the unique wetland environment through bird watching or wildlife viewing.

305 bird species have been observed at Second Marsh Wildlife Area and at adjacent wildlife areas. Of these, 106 breeding species of birds have been documented for the area with some of these species considered regionally rare, provincially rare or uncommon.

In addition to birds, 32 species of mammals, 8 species of reptiles, 10 species of amphibians, and 57 species of fish have been recorded in the Second Marsh and McLaughlin Bay area. While no official species total has been determined for the invertebrates, certainly hundreds would be included.

Check out the list below for recent sightings of bird and wildlife in the Marsh. Or if you would like to report a recent sighting, send the following details to ww.secondmarsh@rogers.com:

1.

Date

2.

Number - age - sex

3.

Length of observation (time of day)

4.

Location

5.

Habitat

6.

Weather/lighting

7.

Distance of bird

8. Optical equipment
9. Photographs taken
10. Discoverer and other observers
11. Describe circumstances of observation
12. Previous experience with species
13. Did you use a field guide a) on location, b) later, or c) not at all
14. Description (size, shape, colour pattern, song, call notes, behaviour
15. Other diagnostic characteristics (sketches)
16. Similar species/how eliminated
17. Name, address, phone number, email address

(Taken from Trail and Landscape, Vol. 37, No. 3, September 2003, Ottawa Field Naturalist Club).

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