OSHAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, MARCH 24, 2023 – The Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood is donating $500 to the Friends of the Second Marsh, to assist the preservation of the Second Marsh , it was announced today by Linda Porritt, Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood. In the photo L to R: Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood Past President Linda Porritt, and club treasurer Bill Creamer, and Friends of the Second Marsh President Peter Taylor . One of Rotary’s seven areas of focus is to protect the environment and the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood is helping the Friends of The Second Marsh do just that. Rotary shares an interest in protecting our common legacy: the environment..


On April 22, 2023, Earth Day, the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa, Oshawa-Parkwood and Courtice are joining forces with our families and civic leaders and the Friends of the Second Marsh to participate in the third annual Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Clean Up, joining hundreds of Rotary clubs that surround the Great Lakes , on both sides of the border, cleaning up the Great Lakes watersheds in their local communities......


“We are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment’, Vice President Porritt added.

Friends of Second Marsh are dedicated to encouraging the protection and appreciation of Second Marsh and the natural heritage system; to promoting a healthy environment through education, communication; and developing partnerships and fostering connections with all sectors of the community. Since the early 1970’s, they have provided leadership to the community-based movement that secured the future of Second Marsh.

The Second Marsh is host to marsh, swamp, wet meadows, a barrier beach and woodlot habitats. Within the Marsh, you will find sedges and cattails as well as thickets and open water. At the north end of the Marsh, a swamp and wet forest known as the Ghost Road Bush provides additional food and cover for certain wildlife. Together, with wet meadows and the surrounding uplands, this dynamic ecosystem supports a rich and diverse wildlife community. These habitats provide food and cover for over 380 plant species, 305 bird species, numerous species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and hundreds of species of insects.

Second Marsh is not only the largest remaining urban wetland in the GTA but the largest between the Niagara Peninsula and Presqu’ile as well.