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Spring Garden Natural Area


Spring Garden prairie, © Tom Preney


The City of Windsor announced a new program in December 1999 to acquire the private holdings in the 117 hectare (289 acre) Spring Garden Natural Area. The federal Habitat Stewardship Program has provided funding to assist the city with the acquisition program. The West Windsor walking/cycling trail winds through Spring Garden and provides public access to this scenic area.

In addition to being designated part of the Ojibway Prairie Remnants Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, this site carries the designation of Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) by the Essex Region Conservation Authority. Many rare, threatened and endangered species of plants and animals inhabit Spring Garden such as Purple Twayblade Orchid, American Chestnut, Colic-root, Dense Blazing Star, Wild Indigo Duskywing butterfly, Duke's Skipper, Red-headed Woodpecker and Grey Fox.

Spring Garden features oak savanna and woodland, dry prairie, buttonbush swamp and a wetland in the form of an old lagoon. Formerly the area was much more open but trees have invaded many sites (click here for photos).

Wild Indigo Duskywing butterfly

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