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Minesing Swamp

The Minesing Swamp is a Ramsar boreal wetland in central Ontario, Canada, identified and classified through the International Biological Program. It is the largest and best example of fen bog in southern Ontario, one of the most diverse undisturbed wetland tracts in Canada and is a provincially-significant Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. This 6,000 hectare site comprises land holdings of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, the Government of Ontario, County of Simcoe and numerous private landowners.

It provides habitat to over 400 plant species, of which 11 are provincially rare, over 206 species of birds inhabit the wetlands, including 114 known breeders and Ontario's fifth largest Great Blue Heronry.  Minesing Swamp is an important staging area for thousands of migratory waterfowl, and is the largest wintering ground for white-tailed deer.  It supports numerous plant species which are at the extremities of their natural range, including those indigenous to the arctic tundra in the north and the Carolinian forests to the south, and is home to the largest pure stand of silver maple in the province. Provincially-rare birds indigenous to the swamp include the Blue-winged Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler and the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.

Minesing Swamp is a popular recreation area which draws many tourists and canoeing is a common activity in the area.

The Friends of the Minesing Swamp is a not for profit organization that strives to protect and preserve the Minesing Wetlands in partnership with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.  Visit their site for lots of interesting information on the swamp and planning a trip to explore this jewel of Ontario!

 




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