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.
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.