Monday, August 30, 2010

Delta Marsh - One of my Favourite Places

I love this place.  Miles and miles of wetlands.  Very interesting and very peaceful, except in duck hunting season.

As per the Manitoba government website about the marsh  (my photos, their text)
Delta Marsh is an extensive freshwater coastal wetland at the southern end of Lake Manitoba. It stretches from Lynchs Point in the west to St. Ambroise in the east. The protected portion of the Delta Marsh Wildlife Management Area encompasses 8,125 hectares. These protected lands are free from logging, mining, hydroelectric, oil and gas development as well as other activities that could significantly and adversely affect habitat. The total size of the wildlife management area is 11,000 hectares.

Outstanding Features

The Delta Marsh in south central Manitoba is one of the largest and most important marshes in the Canadian prairies, occupying approximately 18,000 hectares at the south end of Lake Manitoba. In 1982, the Delta Marsh was listed as a wetland of international importance under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Ramsar Convention. It is recognized provincially as a “Manitoba Heritage Marsh” and nationally as an Important Bird Area due to its significance for waterfowl and neotropical migrants.

The marsh formed between 2,500 and 4,500 years ago when the ancient Assiniboine River flowed into Lake Manitoba. It is composed of a network of interconnected shallow bays separated from Lake Manitoba by a wooded barrier beach.

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