“Wetland” is a photograph taken by Flickr member – and contributor to our Wetlands of British Columbia group – realvision. The wetland in the photo is none other than Pitt Marsh, located at the south end of Pitt Lake in the Lower Mainland. While this image highlights the natural beauty of wetlands in British Columbia and their interconnectivity with the land around them, it also emphasizes the acknowledgement of the ongoing conservation efforts that are done to preserve these wetlands.
Ducks Unlimited Canada, a national wetlands conservation group, is spending $600,000 to replace eight water control structures located on the wetlands. The structures allow Ducks Canada (who also maintains the land) to control the water height in the marsh, which therefore provides them with the ability to control the amount of vegetation, and consequently the amount of food available for migrating birds. Without the water control structures, and the funding to construct them (provided in part by fishing and hunting licenses), the wetland habitat would not exist. So, back to those birds I just mentioned. I place emphasis on migrating birds – rather than other equally abundant fauna – as the marsh lies on the Pacific Flyway, one of the main routes for migratory birds in North America. Perhaps the most important and abundant migratory bird is the waterfowl, who use the area as a stop on their way south. Although no birds managed to make a cameo appearance in this photograph (odds were in favour of them being present), we can rest assured that they’re abundant thanks to the efforts of Ducks Canada, and for photographer realvision for sharing the beautiful result of conservation efforts.
So, next time a photograph of a wetland as stunning as this one catches your eye, we provide you with one suggestion: ENJOY IT! Such colours and scenery remind us of just how wonderful nature is, and how we can all make a difference in protecting it!