Eleven kilometres (6.8mi) of sandy beach bordered by dunes and long, parallel ridges divided by long, parallel valleys called sloughs are just two of the many fascinating features of Rondeau, a park located on one of the world’s best examples of a cuspate sand spit. About a third of the park is made up of marsh, where cattails, wild rice and water lilies grow. It’s an ideal place to see Carolinian species such as pumpkin ash, red mulberry, shagbark hickory, sassafras, sycamore, and tulip trees.
The park also contains three areas of oak savanna that officials would like to increase. All these different habitats make Rondeau a bird-watching mecca. About 134 bird species nest in the park, including the largest number of breeding prothonotary warblers in Canada. Another 200 species stop by during migration. Among those sited in the area are Acadian flycatchers, bald eagles, Baltimore orioles, black tern, brown thrashers, eastern kingbirds, indigo buntings, marsh wrens, northern mockingbirds, redheaded woodpeckers, savanna sparrows, tundra swans, yellow-breasted chats and yellow warblers. Rondeau is also a must-visit location for plant enthusiasts.
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