Healthy Headwaters Wetlands Initiative
Wetlands are one of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in Ontario, providing habitat for waterfowl and more than 600 species of plants, animals and insects, some of which are species at risk.
Benefits of Wetlands
Throughout Southwestern Ontario, the highly productive agricultural landscape in pre-settlement times had more than 20 per cent wetland coverage. Today, at about two per cent wetland coverage, it is a priority to find and engage landowners interested in restoring wetlands.
Healthy Headwaters Wetlands Initiative is an opportunity for rural and non-rural landowners to preserve, restore, or enhance wetlands. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), Huron Stewardship Council (HSC), and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) have formed a partnership to provide you with technical advice, including site visits, elevation surveys and project coordination to assist with the completion of your wetland restoration.
Wetland restoration and enhancement is a community effort which will benefit downstream areas of our watershed. These areas support species-at-risk mussels and fishes and their habitats; are near Provincially Significant Wetlands or expand other natural areas. Each individual wetland project is a step towards improving the water quality of our entire watershed.
Interested in a project on your property?
1. Enhance flood plain habitat
2. Wetland creation
3. Creating conservation buffers
4. Livestock exclusion fencing
Visit our Wetlands Projects Page to see what your neighbours are doing in Middlesex, Huron, and Lambton counties.
Volunteer Wetland Monitoring Opportunities
Are you interested in undertaking some wetland monitoring? Ausable Bayfield Conservation is looking for community volunteers who are interested in learning more about amphibian species within the local watershed. Visit our staff contacts page. Contact avanniekerk(at)abca.on.ca if you’re interested in learning more about our volunteer monitoring program.
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For more information on the wetlands, visit:
Partners and Funding
The Healthy Headwaters Wetlands Initiative would not be possible without the generous support from many partner agencies and organizations. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them.
Updated: August 16, 2016