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Cranberry Marsh/Starratt Wildlife Management Area

Cranberry Marsh/Starratt Wildlife Management Area
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)[1]
Map showing the location of Cranberry Marsh/Starratt Wildlife Management Area
Map showing the location of Cranberry Marsh/Starratt Wildlife Management Area
Location in British Columbia
LocationValemount, British Columbia
Coordinates52°47′30″N 119°13′46″W / 52.7918°N 119.2294°W / 52.7918; -119.2294[2]
Area319 ha (790 acres)
DesignationWildlife Management Area
Established28 March 2013
Governing bodyFLNRORD
WebsiteCranberry Marsh/Starratt WMA

Cranberry Marsh/Starratt Wildlife Management Area is a wildlife management area located just south of Valemount, British Columbia. It was established by the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) on 28 March 2013 to protect Cranberry Marsh, a freshwater marsh that serves as an important breeding ground and stopover for a variety of migratory birds.[3]

Description

Cranberry Marsh is the remnant of a flat bottom lake which now drains through the lower east slopes of the valley. Despite its natural appearance, the marsh has been greatly altered to improve the quality of the wetland habitat for migratory birds and resident species.[3] The area also features a 5.5 km loop trail encircling the marsh and a small wooden tower for birding.[4]

Ecology

The marsh features a patchwork of sedges and cattails among small stretches of open water. Strands of aspen and willow can be found along its shores. Resident mammal species include beaver, muskrat, and moose.[3]

The marsh is located at the junction of the Columbian and Thompson-Okanagan bird migration corridors, which results in a variety migratory bird species using the marsh as a flyway stopover and a breeding ground. It also serves as a critical habitat for blue-listed American Bittern.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Cranberry Marsh/Starratt Wildlife Management Area". Protected Planet. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  2. ^ "Cranberry Marsh/Starratt Wildlife Management Area". governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  3. ^ a b c d "Cranberry Marsh/Starratt Wildlife Management Area". gov.bc.ca. Archived from the original on 16 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  4. ^ Administrator. "Cranberry Marsh/Starratt Wildlife Management Area – Valemount Trails". Retrieved 2020-09-16.

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