Long Point’s Inner and Outer Bays and their associated marshes are one of the most biologically important areas – not only for resident birds but for migratory waterfowls of North America as well. This is because Long Point falls under the Atlantic flyway of migrating birds, providing them stopovers for feeding. One can easily guess why thousands of birds decide to stop at Long Point Bay – it is diverse in its floral and faunal diversity – from various aquatic plants and animals to diverse insects on land – this land is as rich in providing fuel for the migratory birds as it is to feed the resident song-birds. Long Point is well known for its waterfowls, but this often leads to ignorance in the minds of the nature enthusiasts who come to cherish the biodiversity at Long Point. Waterfowls and song-birds, some mammals such as Grey Fox and Badgers are on top of the food pyramid – what we easily miss out here is what supports this wildlife – the lesser-known creatures such as snakes, arachnids and insects.
|Sedge Sprite - Nehalennia irene|
|Wood Duck female with hatchlings and turtles peeping from the water|
|Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia|
The insect diversity is as healthy as the birds at Long Point. From countless damselfly and dragonfly nymphs to various aquatic beetles and other insect larvae under water, and graceful butterflies like Tiger Swallowtails to little delicate ones such as Pearl Crescent, this sand haven is full of life during summer.
The bird life is stunningly beautiful as well – and not-so-hard to observe, as warblers go from every branch to branch, and through omnipresent grackles and black-birds, one can easily glance at the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, or be lucky enough to see Bald Eagle fishing in the Bay.
The reptiles are everywhere, too – as Garter Snakes make their presence felt as one walks through the woods, one can easily see a Smooth Green Snake or the species-at-risk Hog-nose Snake as well.
I have been working for Long Point Waterfowl for my internship, which is almost at its end. But I will never forget the plethora of natural knowledge I gained in mere four months.
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