HIGHLIGHTING A MARSH VOLUNTEER FAMILY: THE QUINTON’S
March 29, 2015
The Hilliardton Marsh depends on the many volunteers that help all year long, be it baking cookies for an event, sewing bird bags, repairing walkways, selling memberships or serving on a committee or the board of directors, it is volunteerism that makes the Hilliardton Marsh go-round. This winter one particular family recognized a need at the marsh and took it upon themselves to help out.
Over the past few years it has been a struggle to maintain the many duck boxes in and around the wetland cells. It has been difficult to find volunteers with snow machines and the time to conduct a thorough inspection of all the nesting boxes around the five marsh cells. This year however, Curtis and Kelly Quinton, their two sons Clayton and Colby, and even grandma and grandpa made sure the job got done. On World Wetland day, Curtis and Clayton volunteered to clean the nesting boxes along with past Terra student Brodie Medland, and Kerns student Dawson Peddie. After a few hours of work, Curtis realized that it would take more than one day to complete the task. On the last weekend of March Break, knowing spring was just around the corner, the Quintons were determined to finish the job before the ponds melted. All existing boxes were cleaned and supplied with fresh shavings, but they also assessed that many boxes needed to be repaired or replaced. So the following weekend back they came with hammers swinging! At the end of the day all boxes in all five marsh cells were repaired or replaced. Thirty boxes are now ready to house the eggs of the hooded mergansers, wood ducks and common goldeneyes that depend on nesting cavities for the breeding season. The Quinton family are hopeful that by fall another 20 nest boxes can be added.
If anyone is interested in the duck box project, or would like to find out about volunteer opportunities at the marsh, please contact us via this website.