‘Marsh Madness’ coming to Kentville’s Miner’s Marsh

Kirk Starratt kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca
Published on June 20, 2014

Painted turtles were making the most of a warm day and sunshine April 19 in Kentville’s Miner Marsh. Temperatures in Kentville reached almost 24 C.  Jennifer Hoegg 

Have you ever wondered what exactly lives in a marsh, what is lurking under the water or what plants and bird life call a marsh home? The Blomidon Naturalists are inviting people to visit Kentville’s Miner’s Marsh on June 21 to find out.

Several local wildlife and wetland experts will be on hand to help visitors explore life in the marsh in what organizers are describing as an inter-generational "bio-blitz" event. People will get to explore the biological richness of the marsh including aquatic life, birds, terrestrial insects and plants using binoculars, nets, hand lenses and field guides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Purolator will be holding a cash barbecue over the lunch hour and will be accepting food bank donations.

At 9:15 p.m., Andrew Hebda of the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History will be leading a search for creatures of the night. Visitors will get to search for amphibians, marsh birds and bats - with ultrasonic bat detectors – and moths and flying insects – using a black light.

Participants will learn about finding, observing and identifying wetland species and ecologically responsible interaction with nature. A list of species found during the day will be generated and an online map will be created to display results at www.blomidonnaturalists.ca/marshMadness.

The event is child and family friendly. Those interested are reminded to come prepared with sunscreen, rubber boots, dip nets, binoculars, flashlights for the night search and food bank items. For more information, contact James Churchill at 681-2374 or jamesLchurchill@gmail.com. Access Miner’s Marsh from the parking lot behind the municipal complex and law courts at 87 Cornwallis St.