Mellow Marsh Boardwalk

Take a relaxing stroll along the boardwalk through Safari Niagara’s Mellow Marsh. See some of Ontario’s native frog and turtle species sunning themselves or dragonflies darting amid the reeds. Educational signs and a presentation pavilion explain the importance of wetlands and their inhabitants.

A marsh is a type of wetland, an area of land where water covers ground for long periods of time. Unlike swamps, which are dominated by trees, marshes are usually treeless and dominated by grasses and other herbaceous plants.

Marshes act like filtration systems because the vegetation in a marsh uses up excess nutrients for growth that could otherwise pollute the water such as phosphorus and nitrogen. Marshes also help to reduce damage caused by a flood by storing and slowing the water.

The combination of shallow water, high levels of nutrients and primary productivity is ideal for the development of organisms that form the base of the food web and feed many species of fish, amphibians, shellfish and insects. Many species of birds and mammals rely on wetlands for food, water and shelter especially during migration and breeding.

Join us; come take a walk to better understand the importance of sustainable ecosystems.