William Bog Nature Reserve. Photo © Mike Bryan

William Bog

The William Bog Nature Reserve

Another 100 acres added to the TBFN holdings in William Bog

On 5 April 2019 TBFN took possesion of another 100 acre block of land strategically located between the other two 100 acre blocks the club already owns.

History of William Bog Reserve 

The one acre property that was the start of the William Bog reserve was donated in 2002 by the family of the late Max Diamond. Encouraged by this first donation, TBFN embarked on a landowner contact program. As a result, we received a number of additional donations of property. 

In the summer of 2013, TBFN was delighted to receive a donation of 200 acres of Provincially Significant Wetland in the William Bog. The two 100-acre parcels are located north and west of the Parkdale Subdivision in the City of Thunder Bay. The owners of the lots were pleased to donate them to the Naturalist Club in memory of William and Olga Dawd. The lots, together with TBFN’s other holdings in the Bog, will be permanently protected as nature reserves.

The William Bog fen-swamp complex is used by Lakehead University students as a laboratory for natural history and ecology. It supports a wide variety of plants and animals including 14 orchid species (including Yellow Lady’s-slipper, Rose Pogonia, Arethusa, Ragged Fringed Orchid, and TAll White Bog Orchid), three kinds of sundew and a wide variety of butterflies such as Bog Copper, Dorcas Copper and Harris’s Checkerspot and the locally rare Grizzled Skipper butterfly. Seventy three bird species have been observed on the reserve to date.

TBFN land acquistions in the William Bog have been supported by OLTAP, the Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program. Club members have also given generously to help cover the legal and appraisal costs of accepting the donated land.

TBFN thanks the Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program (OLTAP) for its support of this acquisition. OLTAP assists eligible recipients with costs associated with land securement and magagement planning to help conserve Ontario’s biodiversity. OLTAP is an initiative of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance, supported in partnership with Environment Canada.