Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has acquired St. Luke’s Marsh, one of the few remaining coastal wetlands on Lake St. Clair in southwestern Ontario.
The move will ensure the long-term protection of habitat in a critical region for migrating waterfowl and other birds, the organization announced in a Nov. 4 press release.
The 488-acre marsh includes coastal shoreline, provincially significant wetlands, and other mixed wildlife habitat. It is located adjacent to St. Clair National Wildlife Area, a publicly owned, 882-acre home for more than 60 species of birds and 35 federally listed species at risk.
The federal government supported the purchase through the Natural Heritage Conservation Program, part of Canada’s Nature Fund.
DUC is participating through a bequest from the late Louise Gendron, and international contributors including Ducks Unlimited Inc., the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and agencies of states including Ohio and Michigan through the Fall Flights Initiative.
Lake St. Clair is in a priority region for conservation where Ducks Unlimited Canada has invested in restoring and managing wetland projects since the 1970s, officials stated.