Wetlands and ponds provide many benefits to people and the environment. They beautify the landscape and provide habitat for plants and animals. Property owners can improve fish and wildlife habitat around their wetland or pond and contribute to a healthy Credit River Watershed.
Planting a buffer of trees, shrubs and aquatic plants around your wetland or pond will attract wildlife by providing food, cover and connectivity to other habitat. Adding rocks, logs and woody cover in your pond will provide basking areas for turtles, perches for birds and cover for fish and amphibians.
Did you know the wood duck is one of the few duck species equipped with strong claws that can grip bark and perch on branches.
A common issue with wetlands and ponds is a lack of older trees with cavities (holes) for birds to nest in. Waterfowl such as wood ducks need cavity trees to lay their eggs. An alternative are nesting boxes that you can build and install around your wetland or pond. This is an easy and effective way to enhance wildlife habitat and provide wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities.
Join CVC on Saturday, October 27th between 9 a.m. and noon at a Wood Duck Box Building Workshop at the Scott Mission Camp in Caledon. Learn about the amazing Wood Duck and build your very own nesting box. Don’t have a wetland or pond? You can still attend and build a box to be installed in one of CVC’s Conservation Areas.
To register for the workshop or to learn more about what you can do to enhance wetland and pond habitat go to www.creditvalleyca.ca/event/make-a-splash-wood-duck-box-building-workshop-3/