Common Loon Tiny Marsh
TINY MARSH ACTIVITIES
 
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GARLIC MUSTARD CONTROL
 
This is vital control of an invasive weed that carpets the forest floor, taking the place of trilliums, spring beauties, trout lilies, hepatica and all the charming woodland flowers that are a feature of our North Eastern forest. If you can spare two hours to help, please come to one of our public pull days. We need as many volunteers as possible!
Thursday April 18 10 am to noon
Friday April 26 3 to 5 pm
Saturday May 4 10 am to noon 
Friday May 10 3 to 5 pm
Saturday May 11 10 am to noon 
Saturday May 18 noon to 2 pm
If you know the drill, self-directed garlic mustard control is welcomed! A marker on either side of the path running west from the Nature Centre can be moved to show how far you have cleared. Pulled GM can go into the nearby large plant pots and be emptied in the compost bin at the T-junction at the end of the path, where you would turn north towards the look-out. Click on the QR code on the bin to access how-to instructions. And thank you!
If you are a member of an organization, service club or family and would like to do this as a group, we can assign you your own control space, and you can choose the days that work for you. For more information email info@mtmconservationorg.
 
BLUEBIRD NESTING BOXES

Fifty-five Bluebird Nesting Boxes were erected around Tiny Marsh last year, they have been prepped, but ongoing monitoring is needed during the whole breeding season, until August. If you wish to be part of this project please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, an email address, a phone number and an indication of how you wish to participate (prep and/or monitor).
 
SALAMANDER MONITORING
 
Last fall a group of volunteers placed eighteen salamander cover boards at Tiny Marsh. We getting ready to “flip” the boards and identify the salamanders that may be using them as cover. If you wish to participate as a monitor please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, an email address and a phone number. Surprise awaits you on and beneath a salamander cover board.
 
PHRAG FREE TINY MARSH

MTM's project to remove and control invasive Phragmites continues. This started in April 2021 with funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Township of Tiny and Ducks Unlimited Canada. The three year project has been completed, but there are still stands of phrag in areas of the wetland and ECCC only funds new projects. Efforts are ongoing to find funding for a fourth year so we can get the job finished this fall (2024). We have raised $26,000 of the needed $30,400 - if you know of any potential donor, let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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 HUNTING

Hunting is permitted throughout most of Tiny Marsh in accordance with Provincial/Federal hunting regulations and licenses. Waterfowl and pheasant hunters must also purchase an MTM Hunting Permits. Click here for MTM Hunting Permit Information, fees and rules.
 
WATERFOWL
 
Waterfowl hunting has a long tradition at Tiny Marsh and Matchedash Bay. The sound of wings whistling through the air. Mist rising off the frost-laden marsh. Your retriever at full attention in anticipation of a shot. Birds banking in an attempt to join the decoys strategically placed by the hunter. At the end of all of your efforts, a fine meal awaits. Excitement abounds at MTM in the fall. Thanks to decades of habitat preservation and enhancements by Ducks Unlimited Canada, as well as the volunteers at MTM who put in countless hours, thousands of migrating waterfowl visit Tiny Marsh and Matchedash Bay each year.
 
A Federal Migratory Bird License, Ontario Small Game License AND an MTM Migratory Bird Hunting Permit are required. MTM Migratory Bird Hunting Permits are available in the self-serve kiosk in main parking lot. Click here for MTM Hunting Permit information, fees and rules. A canoe or small boat and chest waders are essential, and a good retrieving dog is an asset. There are no designated hunting blinds and hunters must no construct permanent blinds. Common species harvested are mallards, wood ducks, blue-winged teal, black ducks & Canada geese. No parking in designated pheasant hunter parking spaces.
 
PHEASANTS
 
The explosive flush! That unmistakable cackle! Pointers locking up! A birdy Lab! An unforgettable wingshot! Your son or daughter's first rooster! Pheasant hunting is a time-honoured outdoor tradition and family activity. Bird dogs are more than just a pet, they become part of the family. Pheasant hunting requires knowledge, skill and as the season wears on, a battle against the elements. At times, you will succeed and feel the thrill of sliding that hard-earned bird into your game vest, and at times you will understand why they call the ring-necked pheasant the King of the Gamebirds. And finally, those skilful or lucky enough to harvest a rooster pheasant find they make excellent table fare. The entire pheasant hunting experience, however, begins with good pheasant habitat, which is why every pheasant hunter is required to have an MTM Pheasant Hunting permit.
 
The Tiny Marsh Pheasant Program operates from late September to Mid-December. An Ontario Small Game Licence and an MTM Pheasant Hunting Permit (Seasonal, Guest or Day Permit) are required. Guest or Day Permits must be purchased on-site from an MTM Hunt Monitor. Hunter numbers are limited and pheasant hunters must park in designated parking spaces.
Click here for MTM Hunting Permit Information, fees and rules.
 
WOODCOCK & MOURNING DOVES
 
Hunting permitted during the Federally-regulated open seasons with the following licenses/permits:
  1. A Federal Migratory Bird License;and
  2. Ontario Small Game License; and
  3. MTM Migratory Bird Hunting Permit
Do not park in designated pheasant hunter parking spaces.
 
WHITE-TAILED DEER, WILD TURKEY, RUFFED GROUSE, RABBIT/HARE & COYOTE
 
Hunting permitted during the Provincially-regulated hunting seasons with the applicable Ontario Hunting License. Do not park in designated pheasant hunter parking spaces.
For more information Contact Hunting Inquiries

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