Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)
Status in Canada: Special Concern
Status in Ontario: Special Concern
Status at SWCR: Rare breeding bird
This Medium-sized migratory songbird has a distinctive light stripe above the eye. It nests in the wetland habitats of the SWCR.
- In Ontario, it only breeds in the province’s most southern regions.
- It is very sensitive to disturbance and needs large areas of undisturbed forests with water features (streams and wetlands) to breed.
- It eats mostly aquatic insects, and needs cold, clear water for hunting.
- It often returns to the same breeding territory every year.
Threats at the St. Williams Conservation Reserve:
Habitat loss/degradation: due to human disturbance near breeding and hunting grounds, off-road vehicle use, water quality changes, and forest thinning activities.
Activities that can damage critical Louisiana Waterthrush habitat include:
- Tree removal that eliminates the closed canopy conditions needed by this species.
- Activities that can introduce or encourage the growth of invasive plants, such as dumping of garden waste and off-trail ATV use.
- Activities that change the water regime, or affect water quality in the woodlands.
- Activities that generate disturbance near breeding grounds such as off-trail hiking/ATV use and unauthorized plant collecting.
St. Williams Conservation Reserve management practices:
- Population monitoring
- Enforcement of unauthorized trail use
What you can do to help:
- Follow the code of conduct for recreational activities in the Conservation Reserve and know and respect the current trail-use regulations.
- Report sightings to the SWCR CC, Bird Studies Canada (www.ebird.ca or 1-888-448-2473), or the Natural Heritage Information Centre.
- Report unauthorized trail use or any illegal activity related to plants and wildlife to 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667).