Although seeing mute swans at this time of year, or even throughout the winter, is not at all uncommon, the sight of this one “skating “ on the ice near the mouth of Wilmot Creek on March 19th was a bit different! It’s mate was dabbling in a small patch of open water nearby.
Photo and article by Brian Reid
There are not a lot of them – yet- and many may have wished they had waited another week or two, but the first red-winged blackbirds of 2017 have arrived at the SWNA. The males arrive first and stake out their territories in the marshes . The females should be here soon!
Imagine a world without songbirds. The Messenger is an award-winning documentary highlighting the effects of environmental degradation and other factors affecting songbird population decline. A special showing of this film is being organized by The Friends of Second Marsh with proceeds going to support their important work.
The Samuel Wilmot Nature Area Advisory Committee is pleased to bring this event to your attention.
If you’re planning some spring planting, local conservationists want you to throw some milkweed in the mix.
Clarington This Week | by Jillian Follert
A steel bridge connecting the new bike and walking path between the Waterfront Trail and the south side of the Sewage Treatment Plant is now in place. Installation was completed in January and the new path is already receiving a lot of use. Paving of the pathway on either side of the bridge will be undertaken as soon as weather permits. An Official Opening will take place thereafter.
Although persons may still access the Waterfront Trails from its current Toronto Street entry point, the new path will eliminate the need for cyclists and hikers to travel along a stretch of roadway that has seen greatly increased vehicular traffic as the housing development in the Port of Newcastle has progressed.
The Samuel Wilmot Nature Area Advisory Committee and the Municipality of Clarington appreciates your patience during this significant upgrade to the trail system.
Article and photo by Brian Reid