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Topic: Cootes Paradise

In the News (Mon 22 Jul 19)

  Royal Botanical Gardens - Cootes Paradise - Nature Interpretive Centre - Apropos Planning
The Royal Botanical Gardens is located on Cootes Paradise, a provincially significant wetland that has undergone considerable environmental degradation in the past, and is now being rehabilitated with funds from the federal government.
RBG staff decided to produce new exhibits focussing on the rehabilitation of Cootes Paradise in their Nature Interpretive Centre.
This is exactly what happened in Cootes Paradise before the carp were finally eliminated via a barrier.
www.apropos.ca /pages/projects/cootes.html   (196 words)

Cootes Paradise is a large, fresh-water marsh located at the western tip of Lake Ontario, in the south-central region of the province of Ontario, Canada (Figures 1 and 2).
Cootes Paradise is situated at the base of the Dundas Valley behind an early post-glacial lake bar (the Iroquois Bar) that separates the wetland from Hamilton Harbour (Figure 4).
Cootes Paradise may represent the closest analogue in the region at the western end of Lake Ontario to the conditions in the Grand Valley that were so attractive to PPC communities, but it represents a departure in significant ways.
www.erin.utoronto.ca /~w3dsmith/cootsstx.htm   (6203 words)

 Field trip
Cootes Paradise Marsh is located in an 800 ha fish and wildlife sanctuary that is owned and managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens.
In the early 1970's, theTP and SS loading from the STP was 45 and 500 kg/d, respectively; by 1978, the maximum discharge was decreased to 9 and 91 kg/d of TP and SS, and by July 1988, installation of sand filters further reduced the loading to 4.1 and 20.6 kg/d.
This sanctuary is called the Cootes Paradise Sanctuary, and includes a 250-ha marsh, as well as large tracts of forests, meadows and a system of trails that are managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens.
www.science.mcmaster.ca /Biology/faculty/kolasa/Teaching/Ecology/Labs/Assignments/Field_trip/field_trip.html   (1665 words)

 The Silhouette Online Edition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Conceived in 2001, the goal of this event is the maintenance of Cootes Paradise, a little corner of forest in the backyard of our university.
Cootes Paradise is land owned and maintained by the Royal Botanical Gardens, and students are welcome to use this land at any time.
I've walked through Cootes in all seasons, and each is as lovely as the next; every time a different beauty presents itself.
www.msu.mcmaster.ca /sil/archives/031023/oped/031023cleaning.html   (408 words)

 The Silhouette Online Edition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Cootes Paradise, for those of you who don't know, is the 840-hectare wildlife sanctuary maintained by the Royal Botanical Gardens that stretches off the north end of campus.
Cootes Paradise is home to a variety of plants and animals, including several rare and threatened species.
Cootes Paradise Marsh is one of the largest nursery habitats for fish in the lower Great Lakes region.
www.msu.mcmaster.ca /sil/oped/040104action.html   (473 words)

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The proposal for a national park including Cootes Paradise and surrounding natural land in Dundas and west Hamilton, first raised by former Liberal MP Russ Powers, is alive again.
Cootes Paradise is part of the Carolinian region, an area he says Parks Canada is very weak in.
And, he said, Cootes Paradise is the only legitimate potential place for a national park in Carolinian Canada.
www.freenet.hamilton.on.ca /link/hasc/news0406.html   (540 words)

 Cootes Paradise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
'''Cootes Paradise''' is a large wetland at the western end of Hamilton Harbour, bordering the cities of Hamilton and Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Originally a shallow marsh providing habitat for a wide variety of lifeforms, the marsh was gradually degraded in the 20th century by human overuse; by 1985, 85% of its plant cover was lost.
Today, Cootes Paradise is home to species such as the Caspian tern, snapping turtle, 64 species of fish (including walleye, bigmouth buffalo, perch, and greater redhorse), sassafras tree, Kentucky Coffee Tree, and tulip tree.
cootes-paradise.mindbit.com   (193 words)

Cootes Drive, an 80km/h four lane divided highway, 3.2 km in length, cuts through a significant wetland in Hamilton, Ontario known as Cootes Paradise.
Cootes Drive was built in 1936, one of the first divided highways in Ontario.
Restore Cootes, then, is an enquiry in progress, with an eye on the long term goal of removing the road and restoring the lost wetland habitat.
www.hwcn.org /link/hasc/cootes.html   (320 words)

 Science and Conservation RBG
Prior to the 20th century, the nutrient-rich, shallow waters of Cootes Paradise thrived as a coastal freshwater marsh habitat.
Almost 100 percent of Cootes Paradise was covered with emergent aquatic plants like wild rice and submergent plants like wild celery, providing food, shelter and migration stop-overs for a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects.
Throughout both Cootes Paradise and Grindstone Creek watersheds, agricultural practices and residential, commercial and industrial development contaminated connecting tributaries with sewage effluent, eroded soil and sediment and chemical runoff.
www.rbg.ca /pages_sci_conserv/sci_conserv_proparadise.html   (715 words)

 11/3/2005 -- National Park status is being considered for Cootes Paradise
Cootes Paradise was first recognized for its significant wildlife in the 1770s, when Captain Thomas Coote, a British soldier, regularly visited the area to hunt and fish.
Complicating the situation for Cootes Paradise is the fact that Parks Canada is currently involved in a five-year project to place parks in specific regions of Canada by 2008.
Cootes Paradise falls into the same region as both the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Point Pelee National Park.
forests.org /articles/reader.asp?linkid=39951   (1487 words)

 Natural Heritage Information Centre -- Tracks and maintains data on rare species in Ontario
Cootes Paradise is situated at the base of Dundas Valley, a large escarpment re-entrant valley almost completely buried by glacial and post-glacial sediments.
Cootes Paradise is highly representative of Dundas Valley features on the Lake Iroquois Plain, with high representation of dry and moist broadleaf and mixed upland and valley forests, and moderate representation of meadow marshes, marshes and thicket swamps.
Water bird usuage of Cootes Paradise and the surrounding area during the spring, summer, fall of 1990.
nhic.mnr.gov.on.ca /areas/areas_report.cfm?areaid=1148   (878 words)

 Marsh Revegetation Program of Cootes Paradise, Lake Ontario, Canada
Cootes Paradise, a 400-hectare shallow water marsh located on the west end of the harbor, is a severely degraded area within the harbor (Holmes 1988).
The restoration of Cootes Paradise is a small-scale project (spatially) embodied within a large-scaled (both spatially and temporally) comprehensive Remedial Action Plan (RAP), the ultimate goal of this being improvement of the condition of Hamilton Harbour’s watershed.
The mean water level in Cootes Paradise is dependent on the water levels of Lake Ontario, and is currently 18 cm higher than 100 years ago.
horticulture.coafes.umn.edu /vd/h5015/99papers/rossini.htm   (2046 words)

 ESA 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Royal Botanical Gardens is the steward of Cootes Paradise and the Hendrie Valley marshes, located at the western end of Lake Ontario.
The spawning and feeding activity of the Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) was identified as one of the key factors in the decline of native fish communities, marsh vegetation and water clarity.
For example, by August young of the year largemouth bass that were born in Cootes Paradise were 77% larger than largemouth bass that were reared in the adjacent unprotected harbour.
abstracts.co.allenpress.com /pweb/esa2005/document?ID=51727   (412 words)

 Hamilton through Toronto Eyes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Cootes Paradise Nature Sanctuary is 840 hectares of forest and coastal marsh, surrounding Hamilton Harbour’s western inlet.
Cootes’ forests are riddled with over 20 kilometres of hiking trails, leading into and out of nearby parts of Hamilton and Burlington.
The eastern end of Cootes’ south shore is Princess Point, the most easily accessible part of the Hamilton side of Cootes Paradise.
www.journalism.ryerson.ca /online/fusion/tdot/gzarate.htm   (928 words)

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McMaster students, staff and faculty looking for an escape to nature are fortunate to be able to access Cootes Paradise, an 840 ha wildlife sanctuary containing a 250 ha coastal marsh, just a few steps from campus buildings on the North side of campus.
The noise from traffic which currently disturbs the natural beauty of Cootes Paradise would be greatly reduced, giving a more full aesthetic experience to the budding philosophers, poets, and naturalists at McMaster, indeed, for anyone who wants to experience the calming, soul restoring power of the natural world.
So, in the spirit of thinking globally and acting locally, deepening our connection with Mother Earth while kicking the car habit, why not lend your talents to efforts to have Cootes Drive removed in favour of expanding and enhancing Cootes Paradise: after all, there is a whole world of work to be done.
www.hwcn.org /link/hasc/pirg1.html   (768 words)

 Carp Control Techniques for Aquatic Plant Establishment – Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Region
The fishway prevents carp from entering Cootes Paradise marsh in the late winter and early spring while providing both upstream and downstream access for other species of fish such as pike, walleye and bass.
The exclosures are a modified version of the ones used in Cootes Paradise, these were made using reinforced rod and chicken wire.
The water-filled dam used in Cootes Paradise was two metres high, six metres wide, and 610 metres in length, and was sturdy enough for people to walk on.
www.on.ec.gc.ca /wildlife/factsheets/fs_carp-e.html   (3170 words)

 ONTARIO. MINISTRY OF CULTURE, Royal Botanical Gardens, Project Paradise
Project Paradise encompasses the diverse Great Lakes coastal wetland restoration activities on RBG nature sanctuaries, particularly Cootes Paradise and Hendrie Valley (Grindstone Creek).
Over eighty-five percent of the Cootes Paradise marsh has disappeared in a seventy-five year period from pollution and an overabundance of carp.
One of the highlights of Project Paradise is the Cootes Paradise Fishway, situationed at the outlet of Cootes Paradise beneath the High Level Bridge.
www.inform.city.hamilton.on.ca /details.asp?RSN=28446&Number=14   (454 words)

 Globeinvestor.com: Government Of Canada Commits $1.5 Million To Great Lakes Cleanup
Grindstone Creek and Cootes Paradise Rehabilitation Project ($70,000) to propagate and plant approximately 25,000 native plants at the Aquatic Nursery; complete a turtle monitoring project and distribute public information and education materials.
In addition, funding will be used to complete improvements to the Fishway, which aims to eliminate the damaging effects of carp and other invasive species, improve the habitat in the west end of Cootes Paradise and distribute educational materials.
Paradise Grove Oak Savannah Restoration ($50,000) to develop an inventory of plant and animal species in the area; re-introduce traditional savannah and tallgrass prairie species; create a wildlife corridor; and prepare public awareness and education materials, including on-site interpretative signs.
www.globeinvestor.com /servlet/ArticleNews/print/CCNM/20040216/0216057n   (2633 words)

 The Silhouette: Inside Out Section   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
The crown jewel of these surrounding forests is Cootes Paradise, an impressive wetland home to various plants and beasts, with trails suitable for romantic strolls or games of capture the flag.
With winter around the corner it is a fabulous place for a leisurely ice skate or even a game of pick up hockey on the east side of Cootes at princess point.
Based on personal experience, Cootes is a great place to go on a date.
www.msu.mcmaster.ca /sil/life/041118lifedates.html   (523 words)

 Nancy B. Bouchier and Ken Cruikshank | The War on the Squatters, 1920–1940: Hamilton's Boathouse Community and the ...
The people living in the boathouses of Hamilton's Cootes Paradise also valued their natural setting, but saw the area as so much more than the recreational space proposed by local city beautifiers and environmentalists.
Using shotguns and homenmade fishing poles to bag their catches, working men and their families of the boathouse colony survived ont he plentiful game in the area until the designation of Cootes Paradise as a bird and wildlife sanctuary in 1927.
The designation of Cootes paradise as a sanctuary for birds and animals in 1927 threatened to deprive boathouse colony families of one of the main attractions of their community — access to the abundant fish and game of the area.
www.historycooperative.org /journals/llt/51/bouchier.html   (10052 words)

 Endocrine Disruption and Altered Gonadal Development in White Perch (Morone americana) from the Lower Great Lakes Region   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
For this study, fish were collected in 1998 from the Cootes Paradise region of Hamilton Harbour in western Lake Ontario, Canada, to determine whether gonadal abnormalities, including intersex, were present in young of the year (YOY) fish.
To confirm that white perch are being exposed to estrogenic substances, plasma was collected from adult white perch from Cootes Paradise and analyzed for the presence of the egg yolk protein VTG.
In the survey of white perch from Cootes Paradise conducted in 2000, the prevalence of gonadal intersex in male fish was 83% (Table 2).
www.ehponline.org /members/2004/6514/6514.html   (4981 words)

 Science and Conservation RBG
Cootes Paradise is an 840-hectare wildlife sanctuary containing a 250-hectare coastal wetland located at the west end of Hamilton Harbour, a natural bay at the west end of Lake Ontario.
Cootes Paradise Marsh is considered one of the most important waterfowl staging habitats on the lower Great Lakes and the largest nursery habitat for fish in the region.
This highly productive, shallow wetland, northeast of Cootes Paradise, provides crucial spawning, nursery and adult habitat for many native fish as well as food and shelter for a variety of birds, mammals, amphibians and insects.
www.rbg.ca /pages_sci_conserv/sci_conserv_nature2.html   (684 words)

 Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society
It has been documented that internal loading, resulting from sediment P release, may be a significant contributor of the total P input to some lakes.
To assess the importance of internal loadings from sediments to Cootes Paradise, nutrient fluxes from sediments at three locations were estimated.
The lowest flux was estimated at the unimpacted site located in the main body of Cootes Paradise.
www.aehms.org /journal/8_2_Mayer.html   (319 words)

Paradise is a marsh called Cootes but it's not quite the natural gem it used to be.
Although this project is only one part of the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan, the lessons learned at Cootes have become a model for similar projects as close to home as the Oshawa 2nd Marsh and as far away as Lake Chapala, near Guadalajara, Mexico.
Cootes Paradise will once again be a thriving ecosystem but that won't be the end of Project Paradise.
www.torontozoo.com /adoptapond/newsletter/december95.html   (2976 words)

 Leave a Lasting Natural Legacy
Project Paradise the restoration of Cootes Paradise and Grindstone Creek has received $32,300 and another $21,496 was provided for a wildlife viewing station in the northeast corner of Hamilton Harbour where other HNC monies helped establish three wildlife islands.
A substantial part of these monies were raised in the Nature Walkathon for the Environment which generated slightly over $150,000 in the five years it was operated by the HNC, and accounts for about one-third of the monies disbursed by the Club since 1961.
City, township and county governments and a variety of community organizations wrote letters in support of a ban on hunting and trapping in and around the marsh.
www.hamiltonnature.org /aboutus/donations.htm   (1496 words)

 Abstracts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
A two-dimensional depth-averaged hydrodynamic/mass transport model was used to study the temporal and spatial distribution of the water quality parameters in Cootes Paradise marsh.
The effects of dry and wet conditions, carp, wind speed and critical shear stress for deposition and resuspension on the suspended solids concentration were studied.
According to data generated by the computer model, carp and wind are contributing approximately one third each to the concentrations of suspended solids in Cootes Paradise.
www.eng.mcmaster.ca /water/pages/abstracts/mpsscpm.htm   (155 words)

 Hamilton Harbour Fish and Wildlife Restoration Project
The Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project in Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise proposes to create 372 ha of fish habitat, 299 ha of wildlife habitat, 16 km of shore habitat for fish and wildlife and 9 km of trails.
In 1997 the operation of a carp barrier/fishway began at the Cootes Paradise marsh, blocking the passage of carp into the marsh during spawning season but allowing the migration of all other spawning fish.
Similarly, waterfowl numbers in Cootes Paradise have increased dramatically due to the increased distribution and abundance of aquatic plants.
www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca /regions/central/science/great-grand/wildlife-faune_e.htm   (452 words)

 Impact of Organochlorine Contamination on Levels of Sex Hormones and External Morphology of Common Snapping Turtles ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-02)
Cootes Paradise (43°17´N, 79°53´W), in Hamilton Harbour, is a 45-ha eutrophic wetland adjacent to heavy industry and sewage treatment plants on the shore of Lake Ontario.
A total of 9 plasma samples from male snapping turtles from Cootes Paradise, 10 from Jack Lake, 4 from Lake Sasajewun, and 2 from Lynde Creek Marsh, was analyzed for PCBs and pesticides.
Only at Cootes Paradise were there sufficient observations to examine the relationship between testosterone levels and morphology.
www.ehponline.org /members/1998/106p253-260desolla/desolla-full.html   (6216 words)

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