Busy marsh

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Last week was a busy time at the Cooper Marsh Con­ser­va­tion Area near Lan­caster.

In ad­di­tion to the busy red squir­rels, re­turn­ing wa­ter­fowl and per­ma­nent res­i­dents, the area at­tracted chil­dren and par­ents who came for the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity’s March Break Na­ture Camp.

It was a cold week but not if you were bun­dled up for na­turethemed ac­tiv­i­ties, crafts and out­door ad­ven­tures.

Also last week, the Cooper Marsh Con­ser­va­tors, a non-profit regis­tered char­ity whose mis­sion is the pro­tec­tion, con­ser­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and restora­tion at Cooper Marsh, held its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing March 18.

The big news is that the fiveyear draw-down to re­move cat­tail over­growth and recre­ate more open wa­ter at Cooper Marsh ended in 2017. The marsh is again full of wa­ter and teem­ing with wildlife. Hav­ing waited pa­tiently for this day for over five years, vis­i­tors this spring will see the ev­i­dence of the restora­tion of breed- ing habi­tat for fish, tur­tles and wet­land birds.

Com­ing up on Sun­day, May 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. is the Con­ser­va­tors' pop­u­lar an­nual Spring Fling at the Vis­i­tor's In­ter­pre­ta­tion Cen­tre, an af­ter­noon of wine tast­ing and food pair­ings with a na­ture-themed silent auc­tion. Tick­ets sell out quickly. For more in­for­ma­tion or tick­ets, call Mike Che­grinac at 613-935-3301.

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

POP­U­LAR HANG- OUT Chick­adees were not the only ones flock­ing to the Cooper Marsh Con­ser­va­tion Area.

SPRING CLEAN-UP: The cal­en­dar says spring of­fi­cially ar­rived Tues­day, March 20, al­though win­ter is not quite over yet. A North Glen­garry crew was busy Tues­day morn­ing clear­ing snow from Alexan­dria’s Main Street as tem­per­a­tures slowly be­gan to rise.

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