A Gift For Visitors


Wetlands Map

Bogs and Fens
Prairie Pond
St. Georges Estuary

Prairie Pond Habitat

The Beginning
Concern and Committment
The Wasteland
Chance Encounter Brings Luck
Urban Wetland Restoration
Taking Action
A Gift For Visitors
The Future Looks Bright

Municipal Stewardship Zone
The Piping Plover
Bird Watching Locally
Redwing Blackbird is often seen at Habitat Pintail duck has been spotted at the Habitat Bittern spotted at Prairie Pond Habitat in October 2002


Mr. Ralph Jarvis recently visited the site and took photographs to be used in other Backyard Habitat seminars. The Prairie Pond Habitat is being used as a model to show other communities what can be done when residents, private sector, and government work together.

Truck on road near front of pond Car stopped at entrance to trail into the Habitat Traffic passing near Habitat

The Prairie Pond Habitat is also unique in Newfoundland due to its accessibility. In other wetland communities in Newfoundland it is necessary to drive down a road, then walk to the wetland area. In Stephenville Crossing you can park your car, take out your (binoculars), and view the waterfowl from your car window.


If you wish to see all the area encompassed by the pond habitat, a walk on a well kept 1.5 KM trail will take you around the entire area in about 15 minutes, although the majority of visitors linger much longer because there is so much to see.

Entrance to Prairie Pond Habitat walkways from street Viewing bridge on trail View of ducks from trail

The "cesspool", rodent, and insect infested Prairie pond, located in the center of town, has now been transformed into what has been referred to as the "Jewel" of Stephenville Crossing.

Viewing bridge on Prairie Pond Habitat, photo by Festival Coast Tourism View of pond from bench near War Memorial View from back of pond looking towards roadway

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Peat Marsh Trail

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Canadian Wildlife Service
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Visual Bird Resources
Birding In Canada
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Photography Wildlife
The Virtual Birder

The Prairie Pond Habitat is now home to many waterfowl, wetland animals, and several bird species. Flocks of American Wigeon, Pintail and Black duck are resident and use the area as a breeding site. Killdeer are seen there frequently. Redwing Blackbirds, who nest in few places in Newfoundland, can also be found on the pond.

Just this summer, an American Bittern was seen and photographed, in the rushes surrounding the pond. The American Bittern was seen in large numbers before backfilling of the pond took place and it is hoped that they will begin nesting again in this area.