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The Cattail Marsh

With creeping rootstocks, the common cattail forms dense stands in shallow water and provides a multitude of benefits for animals and humans alike. They provide a home for red-winged blackbirds, a nursery for ducks, geese, and swans, a resting stop for migratory birds of all types, a food source for muskrats, and an important flood control zone.

Green Heron hunting on water in his habitat. Latin name - Butorides virescens. Focus on eye and crest plumage.
Green Heron

Male red wing blackbird perching on cattail stalks in the marsh.
Red-winged Blackbird

Duck with ducklings in the nest in the water on a sunny day
Duck nest

Muskrat looks at the photographer hiding in the dry grass on the Bank of a small river.

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