Last updated January 2010
At Luther Marsh!
One of the most important wetlands in Southern Ontario, Luther Marsh is home to a large variety of nesting birds, waterfowl and wildlife. Part of the Grand River watershed, the area is approximately 5200 hectares in size, of which 1400 hectares are open marsh. According to the Grand River Conservation Authority, at least 15 species of waterfowl have nested in the area, out of a total of 242 bird species recorded.
This Red-Breasted Merganser male was photographed on Luther Lake on a sunny afternoon. Considered a regionally rare species, the Red-Breasted Merganser is one of the fastest flying ducks, being clocked at 160 km/h. The photograph was made with a 500mm f4 lens with the image stabilizer turned on.
Red-Breasted Merganser In Flight
Luther Marsh is located just 11 km northwest of Grand Valley. Access the park's main entrance from Sideroad 21 – 22 – see map below for more detail.