If anyone has been out in the prairie pothole region of North America, you may realize that potholes filled with water are common place. Certain types of wildlife in particular are attracted to these potholes. So to wildlife passing through Chatham-Kent, and other areas where sewage lagoons are present, this concentration of 'potholes' filled with water are ideal places to visit, and in some cases nest at. As a result, some species historically found much farther west, have expanded their range to include sewage lagoons in southern Ontario.
These lagoons are easy to find for humans, as well. This particular set is located just west of Blenheim and north of Hwy 3/Talbot Trail on, appropriately named, Lagoon Road.
There is a condition for visiting, however, and that is an annual permit which is required to ensure not just anyone goes in and to protect the municipality from liability. The permit system has been in place for these lagoons since the mid 1980s, and is available from the municipal centre in Blenheim, located next to the post office.
Water birds, especially ducks, need places where they can rest safely from terrestrial predators.
Ducks, herons and shorebirds can feed on the abundant aquatic life, including invertebrates, fish, frogs, etc.
The next species, Greater White-fronted Goose, does not breed, but is sometimes seen on migration.
Other species of wildlife are found, as well, with some being rare.....
All in all, sewage lagoons are a great place to find wildlife......you may be surprised!