This site is located at the confluence of Deep and Dodge Creeks. It consists of a rich fen wetland enhanced by a dam. This Wildlife Management Area contains a roughly 600 surface acre shallow lake.
This site supports over 2,000 ducks (American Wigeon, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and others) and Canada Geese during migration in the spring and fall. Significant populations of waterfowl, secretive marsh birds, and shorebirds nest here, as well as Bald Eagles, Veery, Swainson?s Thrush, and Vaux?s Swifts. Supports American White Pelicans and >100 shorebirds (Killdeer, Wilson?s Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitcher, Western Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper) in late summer.Site of long-term Canada Goose banding (25-75 birds/season) and pre-hunting season duck banding (100-300 birds/season).
Marsh succession at this site appears quite advanced. To combat this problem, and to help rejuvenate the marsh, drawdowns have been proposed. Noxious weeds, such as tansy and spotted knapweed are a significant problem. Weed control has been implemented to deal with this issue. Raven predation on nesting waterfowl is an apparent threat, that is being addressed with selective pesticide use. This effort is being carefully conducted using artificial nests.
Rich fen with deep peat soils. Parcell Trench is a glaciated wetlands.