|Native grasses line the wetland edge|
The town of Boone landscape division, specifically Doug Price and Jerry Lee Pennell have done an incredible job maintaining the banks of the wetland while allowing the natural vegetation to grow and provide habitat. Curtis Smalling of the Audubon has seen a wide array of species there including some good diversity of marsh birds including Virginia Rail, American Bittern, Sora, and a first county specimen for Clapper Rail from just down river at the covered bridge. Waterfowl, especially Wood Ducks, Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, and a few others use the wetland, as well as shorebirds including Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, Wilson’s Snipe, and Killdeer.
|Male and Female Mallards foraging on a January afternoon|