Spaghetti Tree in Full Bloom at the Wetland

April 1, 2017


Grab a Your Bowl and Head to the Wetland!

April 1, 2017

Once every 5 years the spaghetti tree blooms in the first week of April. This year the weather is perfect and the tree is full of spaghetti and ready to be picked. Don't miss out or you will have to wait another 5 years.


Local resident Heather seen picking spaghetti form the spaghetti tree.

Click here for a map of where the Spaghetti tree is at the wetland.


Who is excited about spring?


Time for a walk around the Creditview Wetland to see who made it back.

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Hello, Anybody Home?

March 13, 2017


Hello, Anybody Home?

March 13, 2017

By Pat Kelly

I checked the birdhouses at Creditview Wetlands on March 5, 2017.

The wood duck box was in good shape. It had a lot of down in it mixed with shavings, and three left behind egg membranes. It was probably used by a wood duck last spring and the eggs were successfully hatched. I added fresh shavings.

The tree swallow boxes were full of mouse stuffing just like last year. I cleaned them out and put in fresh shavings.


New Invasive Species Discovered

April 1, 2016


New Invasive Species Discovered

April 1, 2016

Recent sightings of a new species at the wetland has prompted the city to post warning signs throughout the park.

It wasn't until late yesterday afternoon that a nearby resident snapped this photo of the new animal. It is the only known photo in existance. We all know the wetland is about 12,000 years old. Could this be a prehistoric monster that has survived to this day?

If you spot this creature please notify the appropriate authorities.










Caught on video. Watch now.

Let's Take a Look Inside

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Let's Take a Look Inside

Tuesday, March 8, 2016



On February 1 I checked the birdhouses in the Creditview Wetlands.

The woodduck box was in good shape. On opening it, the shavings appeared undisturbed but when I dug down I found twelve eggs! Success at last! Sort of. The nest had been abandoned. The eggs were intact, 45 2 mm by 52 ± 2 mm in size, pure white, and had a thick tough shell. Unfortunately the embryos were full formed and probably would have hatched if they had been incubated for another week. According to the Ducks Unlimited Nest Box Guide the eggs were those of a Hooded Merganser. The mother may have been killed or was frightened off by nearby disturbances. The large paper wasp nest in the box may have been a factor.

The three tree swallow boxes were filled with fluffy plant material. A big fat deer mouse jumped onto my shoulder as I was cleaning out one box. There was no resident in the second box. Three mice came out of the third box. The mice quickly disappeared under the snow. There was no sign of a bird's nest in any of the boxes.

BogFest 7 Birdcount

(from individual recordings)

By Gary Mascola (CWS)


BogFest 7 Birdcount

(from individual recordings)



Participants who handed in their list include:
Gary (event organizer)/Kathleen (SPN)
Lori/Kirsten/Joyce (SPN)
Michael (local birder)
Elaine (Student)
Melody (Student)
Michael(Student)
Inayah (Student)
Aalia (Student)




We broke into two groups and split up for our sightings. Of 11 Wetland Birders' records, the following species of birds and numbers were recorded. Twenty-six (26) different life forms in total, were reported to be sighted and counted by the two groups of birders, e.g., Baltimore Oriole(16) interpreted as "Baltimore Oriole was reported as being sighted a total of 16 times - not 16 different Baltimore Orioles". The Bird count was Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7:00 am - 9:00am at the Creditview Wetland - the Red-tailed Hawk was sighted later in the day.



Grouping by total reported sightings (11 observer's records):
1-5 Kestrel or Merlin (4)
House Finch (3)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Mallard (4)
White-throated Sparrow (3 - unconfirmed)
Yellow Warbler (5)
Cedar Waxwing (3)


6-10 Coopers Hawk (unconfirmed 6)
Killdeer (7)


11-20 Grey Catbird (13)
Brown-headed Cowbird (12)
Mourning Dove (12)
Rock/Pigeon Dove (11)
American Goldfinch (19)
Baltimore Oriole (16)
Barn Swallow (19)


21-50 Northern Cardinal (27)
Song Sparrow (47)
Tree Swallow (34)


50 Red-winged Blackbird (66)
Canada Goose (91)
Common Grackle (84)
Ring-billed Gull (91)
American Robin (59)
European Starling (58)



The pictures accompanying the bird counts are life forms sighted and photographed at the Wetland on this particular day or within this past year (photos, Gary Mascola). Can you identify them?

Love those Butterflies. Can you match the mix of Cabbage White Butterfly, American (or Painted) Lady, Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly, Red Admiral Butterfly and the Mayfly (on Wetland deck). Bird life forms include Cedar Waxwing, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Cardinal (male)- Northern Cardinal (female unconfirmed), Killdeer, Brown-headed Cowbird (female) - the other bird is for you to guess. When you spend some time at the Wetland, also check out the Clouded Sulphur, Monarchs and Tiger Swallowtail - and only one can guess which other interesting characters are linked into this amazing Creditview Wetland.

Take a photo and enter it into the CWS photo contest www.creditviewwetland.org

By Gary Mascola (CWS)