On the shores of Presqu’ile Bay, in the picturesque town of Brighton, are 2.5 kilometres of undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline and 231 acres (94 hectares) of coastal wetland habitat.
Known as the Brighton Wetland, this special natural gem is one of the last of its kind. Development, recreation and other human activities have altered much of the lake’s shorelines, wetlands, and beaches. To find an area still intact is rare.
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 bay 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 and provide many recreational opportunities.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is now working with Ducks Unlimited to develop a joint management plan for the property, which the organizations will co-own.
Evermaven produced a video to advance this initiative and promote stakeholder engagement.