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Icon of the marsh

Cattails exemplify the wetland’s multifunctional spirit. Cat tail stems and blade-like leaves give cover for nesting and rest ing birds, plus fish and aquatic inverte brates. Musk rats harvest cattail leaves for lodges, wrens use them in nests, and geese and ducks eat the roots, while their rhizo mes stabilize soil. The slimy stem hosts a parasitic algae-bacteria blend (the smallest living things in the marsh). The slime helps detoxify organic pollutants and is gour met insect food.


The black bear, just out of hibernation, was gorging on protein-rich grasses in the Old Marsh on a tidal river in Nova Scotia when Harry Thurston saw it. He’d been observing what he calls the “pageant of life” on the marsh for nearly 30 years from his window. This was his first bear. “I’m endlessly fascinated by the patern of use of the marsh by wildlife,” says Thurston, the author of A Place Between the Tides: A Naturalist’s Reflections on the Salt Marsh. “I feel privileged to witness that richness.”

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Find your wild side with the June/July 2019 issue of Cottage Life! The lake is where we let loose and get in touch with nature. In this issue you’ll hear from Canadian writers Heather O’Neill, Andrew Pyper, Lisa Moore, Clive Thompson, and Elamin Abdelmahmoud on how they go wild at the cottage. You’ll get inspired by a cottager who forages his woods for dinner and meet the people behind the (thriving) honeybees of Georgina Island. Want to know how five people share a 720 sq. ft. cabin? We’ll give you a peek inside a tiny East Coast cabin. We’ll show you the coolest swim raft we’ve ever seen and tell you about the best (ready-made) Caesars. You’ll get to know wetlands: how they help manage floods and keep our lakes clean, and how to protect them. If you’re planning a big party, we’ll tell you what permits and insurance to get. You’ll find fixes for your hot and stuffy sleeping loft and a sagging shelf. Plus, we’ll get you up to date on how vacancy taxes could affect cottage properties. Pick up the June/July issue of Cottage Life…ready, set, let go!