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Minesing 2 - Fauna

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Hidden : 05/12/2006
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
5 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Welcome to the minesing swamp. I recommend planning a day around this canoe route. Canoeing from Hwy 90 to Hwy 26 will take 5-7 hours depending on how much you want to enjoy the trip. Bring water and food!

The diversity of the swamps vegetative community provides habitat for numerous birds and animals. Over 221 bird species have been recorded, of which 135 are believed to nest inside the swamp each year. The swamps size, undisturbed nature and habitat diversity is of prime importance to spring migration, nesting, and staging for fall migration, as well as feeding grounds for bird life. This wetland provides a home for a great number of waterfowl including buffleheads, scaups, gadwalls, black and ring neck ducks. Flocks of Canada Geese and pairs of whistling swans are common. On the outer edges, where forest meets farm land, you may be rewarded by observing sand hill cranes stopping over on their migration to western Canada.

The spring season also brings the Great blue heron back to the fifth largest and oldest colony in Ontario, with approximately 170 active nests. Open meadows throughout this wetland provide hunting grounds for visiting and resident raptors including the rough-legged, red-shouldered, sharp-shinned, and broad-winged hawks. The Great Grey and Hawk Owls are known to periodically visit during the winter months and rare owl sightings include the boreal and saw-whet owls. When spring arrives the swamp comes to life with sound and scores of songbirds such as Cerulian, Prothonotary, and Blue winged warbler, arriving to mate and prepare nests for their new families.

To find particular bird species, you should be aware of their correlation with vegetative communities, landforms, and water distribution. Many species sensitive to disturbance in both nesting and later parts of their life cycles, and visitors should be aware of, and care for these sensitivities. Four bird species in particular that are sensitive to disturbance are the Great Blue Heron, Least Bittern, Green-Winged Teal, and Hooded Merganser.

This vast wetland is home to 23 species of mammals including beaver, muskrat, mink, coyote, fox, racoon, hare, and otter. Bear and Moose have been known to make an appearance here as well, and the Opossum is beginning to enjoy the region as well. The swamp support\s one of the largest white-tailed deer yards in the region with a population estimated at upwards of 400 individuals.

Surveys of the swamps waterways have documented 30 species of fish including resident northern pike, bowfin, sturgeon, and migratory rainbow trout and salmon that pass through the swamp on their way to upstream spawning areas. The swamp is also one of two known locations in North America where Walleye spawn on submerged vegetation.

This cache, although recommended by canoe, can be accessed from a nearby ATV trail. The first and final Minesing series caches, however, are only accessibly by canoe.

Be sure to grab the symbol inside the cache to decrypt the final coordinates!

There are Day Use stations located at major access points and it is asked that you acquire a Day Use Pass to help offset the cost of maintaining this natural treasure. Day Pass Permits are available (5$) at the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, 8195 Concession 8, Utopia, LOM 1TO (705)424-1479 daily Monday to Friday

This cache placed with the permission of the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority



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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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