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Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo

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Buttertubs Marsh is a bird sanctuary in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.Located in the middle of the city of Nanaimo, the marsh covers approximately 100 acres (40 hectares). Within this is the 46 acre (18.7 hectare) Buttertubs Marsh Conservation Area, owned by the Nature Trust of British Columbia.The marsh is man-made and is home to great blue herons, mallards, Canada geese, ring-necked ducks, hooded mergansers, American wigeons, violet-green swallows and red-winged blackbirds.The sanctuary is Vancouver Island's only documented breeding site of American bittern.Approximately half of the wetland area is privately owned, and efforts are underway to purchase the remaining land to protect it against development. Some residential development has already taken place on the eastern edge of the site.
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  • Today, we went for another 2 Kg walk around Buttertubs Marsh. It was too early in the season for the water iris to be blooming. But, we saw red-winged blackbirds.& heard their songs. A young great blu...  more »
  • Not a lot of birds. No real wildlife. Seemed to be mostly used by joggers after work. Not much to see unless you've never seen a marsh before.  more »
  • A 2km circle route around a bird sanctuary in central Nanaimo. Dogs are NOT allowed and neither are bikes. The trail is flat, gravel, and well-maintained with a few benches along the way. There are th...  more »
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  • Easy, simple trail with a few look out points. Amazing spot for birders! Great for kids too. No dogs or bikes allowed.
  • Great for a casual walk with no elevation gain/loss. Check out the tree/shrub blossoms in the spring and berries/seeds/nuts in the fall. Birds aplenty.
  • An oasis of quiet in the city.
  • Very private, quiet & a great spot for a quick walk without being run over by a bicycle
  • Nice place in the summer to enjoy the scenery.