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Portage in Prince County, Prince Edward Island — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
 

Portege Wildlife Management Area / Aire de Gestion de la Faune de Portege

 
 
Portege Wildlife Management Area /<br>Aire de Gestion de la Faune de Portege Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2019
1. Portege Wildlife Management Area /
Aire de Gestion de la Faune de Portege Marker
Inscription.  
English:
Wetland around Portage is extensive; the water table is not far from the surface. This is the narrowest part of Prince Edward Island, about 3.5 kilometres (just over two miles) between the Percival River to the south and tributaries of the Trout River to the north. The trail crosses the road at Portage, passing through the Portage Wildlife Management Area east of the road.

Portage WMA is composed of open ponds, marsh and bog. Parts of the marsh have been level ditched by Ducks Unlimited Canada to open up additional habitat for waterfowl. Black, Ringneck, Mallard and Gadwall (Grey) ducks might be seen; the latter being a scarce species across the Maritimes. Of the many species that inhabit freshwater marshes, the green snake is significant at this site. Few other reports occur across the province. It is by far the scarcest of the three snake species on the Island and the only one that reproduces by laying eggs. The site is also notable for many species of dragonflies.

(photo captions)
1. Wetland pond and cattails
2. Wetland channel
3. Wetland sketch – Fish and Wildlife Division
4.
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Français:
La zone marécageuse autour de Portage est fort étendue; la nappe phréatique n'est pas lin de la surface. Il s'agit de la partie la plus étroite de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, soit environ 3,5 kilomètres (tout juste au-dessus de deux milles), entre la rivière Percival au sud et les affluents de la rivière Trout au nord. Le sentier croise la route à Portage, et traverse l'aire de gestion de la faune de Portage à l'est de la route.

L'aire de gestion de la faune de Portage englobe des étangs, des marais et des tourbières. Certains des marais ont été creusés par Canards Illimités Canada en vue d'ouvrir de nouveaux habitats pour les oiseaux aquatiques. On peut y voir des canards noirs, des fuligules à collier et des canards colvert ainsi que des canards chipeaux, espèce fort rare dans les provinces maritimes. Parmi les nombreuses espèces vivant dans des marais d'eau douce, la couleuvre verte est très bien représentée dans ce site alors qu'on l'a peu observée ailleurs dans la province. C'est de loin l'espèce la plus rare parmi les trois espèces de couleuvres qui peuplent l'Île et la seule qui est ovipare. L'endroit est également reconnu pour les nombreuses espèces de libellules qui le fréquentent.

(légendes de photos)
1. Étang et quenouilles
2. Canal de marécage
3. Esquisse des marécages – Division
Portege Wildlife Management Area /<br>Aire de Gestion de la Faune de Portege Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2019
2. Portege Wildlife Management Area /
Aire de Gestion de la Faune de Portege Marker
(Related marker on left • Prince Edward Island Route 2 in background)
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(Marqueur connexe à gauche • Route 2 de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard en arrière-plan)
de la pêche et de la faune
4. Sylvain royal
 
Erected by Prince Edward Island Museum & Heritage, Trans Canada Trail and Confederation Trail.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironment.
 
Location. 46° 39.856′ N, 64° 3.507′ W. Marker is in Portage, Prince Edward Island, in Prince County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Veteran's Memorial Highway (Prince Edward Island Route 2) and Rafferty Road (Prince Edward Island Route 12), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at east end of the Confederation Trail trailhead and parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portage PE C0B 1H0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Derelict Railway Stations / Gares Désaffectées (here, next to this marker); Wellington Station / Gare de Wellington (approx. 18 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  Portege Wildlife Management Area. Mr. Hollis McFadyen dedicated his life to wetlands and waterfowl. In 1974, he began transforming his Portage farm into a wildlife sanctuary. In 2001, the site was designated as the Portage Wildlife Management Area by the Provincial Government. (Submitted on June 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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