It was occupied by First Nations peoples for centuries, and formed a part of an early fur trade route. In later years, farmers settled nearby. It was a place where boys went with their fathers to marvel at a sunrise on a quiet spring morning. It welcomed Hollywood stars, like Clark Gable, who sought it out for its reputation as world renowned waterfowl hunting grounds. And its reputation as a northern Serengeti offered research and teaching opportunities for generations of waterfowl and wetland biologists and academics from across North America.
It was, and remains, the beloved Delta Marsh.
Through images and anecdotes collected from personal interviews, open house sessions, photo collections, and archival research, authors Glen Suggett, Gordon Goldsborough and members of the Delta Marsh History Group share rich history and fascinating tales about the Manitoba marsh in, Delta: A Prairie Marsh and its People.
Fourteen years in the making, this remarkable book is both a celebration of the wetland, and a call to action to readers.
“This is the story, really a collection of many stories, of where Delta Marsh came from, how it has changed, and how it can be restored,” write the authors.
Invasive foreign species like the common carp, and nearby agricultural and development projects have jeopardized the marsh’s biodiversity in recent years.
“Perhaps better awareness and understanding will once again make it one of the world’s greatest wetlands,” say the authors.
An entertaining read, the 282-page, Delta: A Prairie Marsh and its People is a book for historians, waterfowlers and any reader who enjoys good storytelling.
Note: the authors have generously offered to donate $15 to DUC from every online purchase of the book made by DUC supporters. To order, visit: www.deltahistory.org/ducks