Table of Contents
Why are we concerned about amphibians?
Wetlands - function/type
How to help amphibians
Community Green Plans
HELP! - Problems and concerns brought to our attention through letters from homeowners.
Wetland tales / Literature
Photo Gallery I
Photo Gallery II
Beaver pond management
Beaver ponds provide one of the most important sources of wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wild
life in Ontario
- Forest fire suppression and commercial cutting
practices select against poplar adjacent to wetlands.
Poplar is an important food source for beaver and is
critical to such habitat
Beaver Pond Cycling:
Beaver Pond Management:
New beaver floods provide productive wildlife
- Old ponds stagnate, food and cover declines and
wildlife values drop.
- Beaver abandon stagnant ponds and unmaintained dams wash out..
- Dewatering promotes oxidation of basin soils, release of nutrients, germination of aquatic vegetation and
regrowth of poplar. Over time beaver will recolonize these areas.
- Where abandoned ponds lack poplar, small plots are clear cut to encourage regrowth of a beaver food
- Abandoned, stagnant ponds are dewatered through dam removal and the wetland habitat is rejuvenated
when beaver recolonize.
- Simple water management structures are used to prolong wetland vigor.
- Many species of waterfowl (wood ducks, buffleheads, goldeneye and hooded mergansers) nest in tree
cavities. Where there are insufficient natural cavities, nesting structures are erected to provide safe habitat.
This information was provided by Ducks unlimited.
For more information, please contact:
566 Welham Rd,
Barrie, ON, L4M 6E7.