(Unless otherwise indicated, photos by Don of www.Wakamow.com)
The marsh is home to a variety of aquatic plants, animals, insects and birds. These species vary from year to year depending upon the moisture conditions.
The boardwalk allows an excellent opportunity for viewing the marsh and its life. Presently, moisture conditions provide habitat for a plant community which includes bulrushes, sedges and arrowheads. The marsh is home to a wealth of wildlife. Beaver activity is evident by gnawed tree stumps which occur all along the edge of the marsh. In the spring, several species of waterfowl can be seen. Though Mallards are the most common, Great Blue Herons also use the marsh as a hunting ground.
Water is essential for the survival of insects since many spend part of their life cycle in the water. Mosquitoes, damselflies and dragonflies lay eggs in the water. Their larvae also live in the water but are air breathers. They have special tubes from their mouths that stick up above the water - much like a scuba diver's snorkel.
Amphibians, such as the Leopard Frog, live in and around the water. Their eggs are laid in masses in the water, develop into tadpoles and eventually adults.
The food chain is very evident here. Frogs rely on insects for food and in turn,
Great Blue Herons feed on frogs. Water remains the common element for all.