Thursday, August 07, 2008

A visit to Cooper's Marsh Conservation Area

Cooper's Marsh is a lovely conservation area not far from here. It is on the shores of Lake Francis, aka the St. Lawrence Seaway. I love it there... lots of birds and wildlife, and three nice trails to walk. Here are some pictures from a recent visit. While there, I saw Black-crowned Night Herons. Oh, and muskrats galore.

The place has full of pretty but invasive purple loosestrife:

Some orange flower I've seen before but forget the name of: (Update: it's spotted jewelweed. Thanks, HWB!)


Water plants:

A female wood duck. (I think!) Her babies were trailing behind her, but I didn't manage to get them in the photo. I was using my little camera with the not-so-impressive zoom lens. Male wood ducks are much fancier. I have photos of them elsewhere on my blog.

One of the lovely boardwalks at Cooper's Marsh:

Northern leopard frogs:

The marsh:

Hmmm, I think it's time for me to go back for another walk!


  1. It looks like a nice marsh; I'll have to get there sometime.

    And your orange flower is Spotted Jewelweed (also known as Spotted Touch-me-not). The plant juices are good on insect stings and the seed pods are fun to pop.

  2. Anonymous2:45 pm

    Everything looks beautiful! I'll have to wait until my annual Feb/March flower picture show to dazzle you again when things aren't quite so gorgeous your way.

    I finally played catch up on your sounds like you've been busybusybusy!

    Bandit & Kona say hi!

  3. Those pictures are wonderful! That boardwalk is so cool! It must be great to be able to visit there when you want!

  4. Anonymous11:54 am

    Beautiful! I love the purple reflection in the wood duck pic. how lovely ..all the pics. :)

  5. Beautiful pictures!! The frog is beautiful and what a great place to go hiking.


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