Brighton Wetland, Eastern Lake Ontario Coast, ON (Photo by David Coulson)

Brighton Wetland, Eastern Lake Ontario Coast, ON (Photo by David Coulson)

Brighton Wetland

Red-winged blackbird, Brighton Wetland, Eastern Lake Ontario Coast, ON (Photo by David Coulson)

Red-winged blackbird, Brighton Wetland, Eastern Lake Ontario Coast, ON (Photo by David Coulson)

Help protect one of the last undeveloped shorelines on Presqu’ile Bay!

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has a rare opportunity to protect 231 acres (94 hectares) and 2.5 kilometres of undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline habitat.

An important stopover for migratory birds on their long journeys, the Brighton Wetland is a large, intact coastal wetland located between Presqu’ile Provincial Park and NCC’s Willenroth Woods. This unique habitat is part of the Presqu’ile Bay Wetland Complex, a provincially significant wetland, and the Presqu’ile Bay Important Bird Area.

Tens of thousands of shorebirds, geese and ducks stop, rest, nest and feed in sheltered areas of Presqu’ile Bay during spring migration. King rail, wood duck, least bittern, wood thrush, Virginia rail, American bittern, common gallinule, pied-billed grebe, marsh wren and eastern wood-pewee are just some of the many species that have been spotted here. It is no wonder that the area is such a popular place for birders. The wetlands function as an important fish nursery and several at-risk turtle species are also likely to be found in this undisturbed natural area.

Coastal wetlands play important roles in filtering water, mitigating floods and providing habitat for birds, fish, frogs, turtles and other species many of them at risk. They are also areas of great beauty, providing many recreational opportunities.

Map of Brighton Wetland. Click to enlarge.

Map of Brighton Wetland. Click to enlarge.

But undeveloped wetlands along the shore of Lake Ontario are rare because so much of the shore has been developed.

The Brighton Wetland presents a rare opportunity to protect one of last undeveloped shorelines in Brighton. Next to the Presqu’ile Provincial Park marsh, the unprotected Brighton Wetland is the largest and most important part of the wetland complex. Part of the property has the potential to be developed, so we need to act fast if we want to protect this special place for the long term.

NCC and our partners must raise $400,000 by the end of July to ensure the protection of this special place.

Please donate today to help save this important wetland.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and NCC are partnering on this important project, with DUC already pledging almost a third of the project cost. We hope others will also recognize the beauty of this biologically rich area, and its importance to both wildlife and humans alike.

Facts

  • Location: 3 kilometres from Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Brighton, Northumberland County, Ontario.
  • Habitat type: Wetland and fields (once a farm field that will be restored to a natural meadow and forest).
  • Size: 231 acres (94 hectares), including 2.5 kilometres of undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline.
  • Species of note: King rail, wood duck, least bittern, wood thrush, Virginia rail, American bittern, common gallinule, pied-billed grebe, marsh wren and eastern wood-pewee.
  • Total project cost: $1,087,400 to cover the costs of purchasing the land and supporting the long-term management of NCC lands for future generations.

To donate today, or to learn more about this project, contact Pia Kaukoranta, NCC's development officer, Ontario, at 1.800.465.0029 x 2222 or pia.kaukoranta@natureconservancy.ca.

A natural legacy

When it comes to conserving Canada’s natural habitats, buying land is just the beginning. NCC takes great pride in ensuring that protected properties are monitored and managed so that the conservation values found on our sites today are maintained or enhanced for the long term.

NCC may direct all or a portion of gifts committed to this project to NCC’s Stewardship Endowment Fund for Ontario. Revenue generated by the Stewardship Endowment Fund provides for long-term management on properties across the province, including the Brighton Wetland property. In the event that this project becomes fully funded or cannot be carried out, your gift will be allocated to the next urgent priority.

Please donate today to help save this important wetland.

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