Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by NCC)

Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by NCC)

A precious gem for conservation

Hine's emerald dragonfly at Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by Chris Evans)

Hine's emerald dragonfly at Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by Chris Evans)

Twelve kilometres outside of Barrie, Ontario, lies a hidden, watery paradise that is home to a rare and elusive dragonfly. Now, thanks to the Nature Conservancy of Canada's conservation of an additional 107 acres (43 hectares) of protected land on the Minesing Wetlands, the Hine’s emerald dragonfly will have a chance to thrive.

Known as the everglades of the north, the Minesing Wetlands is 13,500 acres (5,463 hectares) of wetlands and forests that are home to many species at risk, including several turtle and bird species, such as least bittern and cerulean warbler. The area supports a wide variety of wetland birds, which flock to the area in the tens of thousands during spring migration when most of the wetlands resemble a large lake.

These species-rich wetlands are also important to surrounding communities in providing flood control, water filtration, fish habitat and recreational opportunities. Over 70 per cent of southern Ontario’s wetlands have been converted for alternative uses since European settlement. The remaining wetlands are threatened by non-native, invasive plant species, pollution and habitat fragmentation.

To date, NCC and our partners have protected over 13,500 acres (5,500 hectares). In the spring of 2018, thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the Patrick Hodgson Family Foundation, Robert and Ellen Eisenberg, Ontario Power Generation and other donors, NCC protected the 107-acre (43-hectare) Patrick W. E. Hodgson Property on the Minesing Wetlands.

On a chilly April day, NCC and supporters gathered just outside Barrie to celebrate this amazing win for conservation.

  • Patrick W E Hodgson Property, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
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    Patrick W E Hodgson Property, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
  • Patrick W E Hodgson Property, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
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    Patrick W E Hodgson Property, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
  • Patrick W E Hodgson Property, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
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    Patrick W E Hodgson Property, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
  • Patrick W E Hodgson Property, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
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    Patrick W E Hodgson Property, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
  • Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
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    Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
  • Patrick W E Hodgson Property Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by Gregg McLachlan)
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    Patrick W E Hodgson Property Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by Gregg McLachlan)
  • Patrick W E Hodgson Property Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by Gregg McLachlan)
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    Patrick W E Hodgson Property Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by Gregg McLachlan)
  • Patrick W E Hodgson Property, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
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    Patrick W E Hodgson Property, Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
  • Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
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    Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
  • Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)
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    Minesing Wetlands, ON (Photo by David Coulson)

 


To learn more about this important natural area, visit our Minesing Wetlands page.

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