Whitemouth River Watershed Natural Area
Whitemouth River watershed, Loewen Property, MB (Photo by Harvey Sawatzky)
Located in southeastern Manitoba, this unique landscape is the meeting place of the boreal coniferous forest, the eastern Superior mixed forest and the western prairie.
This natural area contains vast peatlands and other wetlands, riparian forests and mixed deciduous and coniferous forests.
This area is a hotspot for species diversity in Manitoba, and it supports a number of plant and animals that are rare or uncommon. These include:
- carmine shiner (a nationally and provincially threatened fish species)
- snapping turtle (a species of concern)
- globally uncommon mottled duskywing
- dutchman's breeches
- sessile-leaf bellwort
The habitat in this area is under threat due to recreational development and habitat conversion.