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Love Of Nature In Cootes Paradise Wetland

Love Of Nature In Cootes Paradise Wetland

Tuesday December 6 2011

Hamilton Harbour
Speaking for nature, there is bifurcation ( the separation into two parts or branches) of two complementary modes of living on the land in Hamilton Area, namely,  the  productive “ambitious”  city beside beautiful nature.  At  Hamilton Harbourfront, if you turn your back on Lake Ontario and look West, you will see Cootes Paradise Wetland.  Now Cootes Paradise seems to be a misty, pristine marshland surrounded by attractive woods and trails both on the Hamilton South Shore Trails and the Burlington North Shore Trails.  Cootes Paradise is in the midst of one of the most industrial sites in Canada, at least visually,  where nature seems to have been preserved.  A canoe might move silently over the water. 
Kayaking Cootes Paradise
Although Cootes Paradise Wetland (Marsh) has good looks, its pleasing conformity to the aesthetic gaze, the marshy bay is toxic, and the invasive non-native species thrive in its murky waters as suitable research for environmental science.  Here, dramatically, the destruction and love of nature exist side by side, an indication of the essential symbiosis (a close prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species that may, but does not necessarily benefit each member).  That symbiosis is  between the productive   “ambitious” city and the preserved beauty of Cootes Paradise Wetland.
Cootes Paradise
High Water in Cootes Paradise June 2011
What is 75.06 metres above sea level ?  In a paper to State of the Lake Conference (SOLEC) by Environmental Canada and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency it is Cootes Paradise Wetland (Marsh).  Contour maps give the lake elevation or depth information of Cootes Paradise Wetland which is a drowned river-mouth marsh that drains into the west end of Hamilton Harbour from three main tributaries: Spencer Creek, Borer’s Creek, and Chedoke Creek.  Canadian wetlands including Cootes Paradise have been succinctly defined as ” land that is saturated with water long enough to promote wetland or aquatic processes as indicated by poorly drained soils, hyudrophophic (water-loving) vegetation and various kinds of biological activity adapted to the wet environments.” For example, in Cootes Paradise Typha, a an emergent vegetation has decreased significantly, 60% since 1946.  Emergent marshes, such as Cootes Paradise, along the shores of the Laurentian Great Lakes play an important  “Ecological Role”  in stabilizing the substrate providing habitat for fish, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, animals , replenishing dissolved oxygen concentration in the water column, and sequesting nutrients from the sediment.
Abundant pollen
Black-crowned Night Heron
Juvenile Black crowned Heron
Costal wetlands of large lakes are characterized by simultaneous variations in many environmental attributes, including interannual water-level fluctuations, eutrophication, and the presence of invasive and exotic plant species and exotic non-native fish.  Hamilton’s McMaster University researchers have determined that both degraded water quality and the invasion of exotic species have been directly related to urbanization.  Currently, Dr. Signal Balshine who holds the Canadian Research Chair in Aquatic Behavioural Ecology investigates small fish, including the invasive non-native Goby fish.  Also underway is the McMaster and the Cootes to Escarpment Park System where the project’s goal is to create a natural park system between Dundas and Burlington,  from Cootes Paradise north to the Niagara Escarpment.  The establishment of this urban park is potentially bigger than New York’s Central Park.  The proposed plan, the steps ahead and the potential significance will be explained On Thursday October 20, 2,011, 2 :00 p.m. to 3;30 p.m.  at the Parks Canada Discovery Centre, Hamilton Harbourfront  put on by McMaster Alumni Association.  Above all, the love of nature in and around Cootes Paradise must be preserved.   This misty, pristine marshland surrounded by woods including  Sassafras trees and rare Savannahs  along with lush green nature trails that are inhabited by birds of various descriptions must never be diminished from its present state.  Cootes himself enjoyed this Marshland named after him, as we still enjoy its beauty even in 2,011.
Blackcrowned night heron
Sources:  Beauty in Cootes Paradise Landscape by  Sylvia Lorraine Bowerbank ; Dr. Patricia Chow-Fraser, McMaster University; Dr. Signal Balshine, McMaster University; Anhua A. Wei, M.Sc.;  Maynard and Wilcox presentation paper at State of the Lake Conference (SOLEC) by Environment Canada and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Wild Orchids
Hooded Merganser (Female)

Image by Lois


By Jacqueline
Photographer Doug Worrall

Boating-Fishing-Nature Backdrop Summer In Hamilton

Boating-Fishing-Nature Backdrop Summer In Hamilton

Tuesday November 2011

Hamilton Harbourfront Park-HDR2

The City of Hamilton and its partners officially opened the Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail and fish and wildlife habitat enhancements on July 1, 2000. The 3.4 kilometer long multi-use trail makes its way along the shore from Bayfront Park to Princess Point, and through the Desjardins Canal with a floating walkway paralleling the boat channel.

Blue Heron Fishing Harbourfront Park
Harbourfront trail

The trail connects to the Trans Canada Trail, the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail in Burlington, and the Desjardins Canal bordering Cootes Paradise. Special attention has been given to ensure universal accessibility, and to provide residents and tourists with focal points to observe natural, historic, and cultural features such as Cootes Paradise, Dundurn Castle, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

my transportation five thirty AM June 13 2011
Boating a large activity in Hamilton


Canoeing Cootes Paradise

The Hamilton Waterfront Trust is a charitable organization with a mandate to make it possible for everyone to use and enjoy Hamilton’s waterfront.

“FACT” Mute Swan eggs are now oiled by the city of Hamilton, so there will not be as many Swans around the Harbour next year, sadly enough

Signets stay close to Cob, a short life ahead


Suinrise Harbour Hamilton

Our organization is leading the way with various developments designed to enhance the waterfront experience and promote easy access to the water’s edge.

Turkey Vulture
Redwinged black bird
Gosling feeding on grass

Recent developments include the construction of an integrated, environmentally-conscious waterfront trail and the introduction of two 37 passenger trackless Hamilton Waterfront Trolleys.

Aboard a Hamilton Harbour Queen Cruise, passengers have the opportunity to view the waterfront from the water while dining or dancing. The Hamiltonian Sightseeing Tour Boat provides a narrated tour highlighting the history of one of North America’s most noteworthy harbours.

Below are Images from the Month of June 2011 this year.Each day I ebiked and travelled the trail for all the wonderful surroundings, Wildlife, Sunrises and would come back in the evening for Sunsets.

Work Ethic is very important and I am drawn to the lake evryday when possible. Enjoy the images

Brave signets were fed bread for months and died
Turtles June 27 2011


Doug Worrall Photographer

One Fine Morning

One Fine Morning When I wake-up

Monday October 10 2011

Fishing Hamilton

Hello, As site coordinator, and staff photographer with a broken shoulder.Update:  I Am riding ebike again and feel 69% back to health, I would like to share my latest images.

Every morning is a fine morning when you wake-up



Doug Worrall

October morning paddle

One fine morning, girl, I’ll wake up
Wipe the sleep from my eyes
Go outside and feel the sunshine
Then I know I’ll realize
That as long as you love me, girl, we’ll fly

Blinded by the dark

And on that mornin’ when I wake up
I’ll see your face inside a cloud
See your smile inside a window
Hear your voice inside a crowd
Calling, “Come with me baby and we’ll fly”

October morning Ontario

And on that mornin’ when I wake up
We’ll go outside and live our dreams
I’ll buy you candies made of stardust
And little dolls dressed up in moonbeams
And everywhere we go we’ll laugh and sing
I’ll kiss you morning, noon and night
And all the universe will smile on us
‘Cause they know that our love is finally right

Not Winter yet

Yeah, we’ll fly to the east, we’ll fly to the west
There’ll be no place we can’t call our own
Yeah, we’ll fly to the north, we’ll fly to the south
Every planet will become our home

Harbourfront park
Yeah, we’ll fly-y-y, yeah, we’ll fly
Yeah, we’ll fly to the east, we’ll fly to the west
There’ll be no place we can’t call our own
We’ll fly to the north, we’ll fly to the south
Every planet will become our home
Cootes paradise




Doug Worrall Photography