In 2014, Friends of Kootenay Lake received funding from the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program and Environment Canada to help restore the Harrop wetlands in Sunshine Bay Regional Park. With the help of many amazing community members and volunteers, the Harrop wetland was created. The first few years were frustrating, water was draining from the ponds, and little vegetation had started to grow. But all good things take time, and after 5 years the place has been transformed. When the FOKLSS team visited the wetland in early July we found big black moving clouds in the water, the clouds were tadpoles! On the 25th of July, our team visited again, this time finding the shores covered with little froglets and toadlets. It was almost impossible to walk as they jumped around our feet. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this project possible there is no better reward than seeing the shoreline bustling with tiny frogs.
In addition to the frogs, we had the pleasure of seeing a family of white tale deer passing through, and a bald eagle perched near its nest. Many of the native species that had been planted have taken off and are now established and thriving.
If you are passing by Harrop make sure to drop by and say hello to all the creatures who have made the wetland their home. A friendly reminder to keep your dogs on a leash when in the wetland and not to drive your ATV on or around the beach