Macoun Marsh – preserving biodiversity

Macoun Marsh - preserving biodiversity

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa

Timeline for Completion: Started 2004 Ongoing


Located in the southeast section of Beechwood Cemetery, the Macoun Marsh is a unique urban wetland named after John Macoun, a pioneering Canadian naturalist buried at Beechwood. To date, over 1,200 wildlife species have been recorded at Macoun Marsh.

The magnetic attraction of the Marsh as a unique teaching tool started in earnest in 2004. Led by science teacher Michael Léveillé, students attending the St. Laurent Academy and Jean Vanier Catholic School began to visit, photograph and document the many natural wonders of the Marsh. In so doing they not only captured local attention, but the notice of the international community.

Pinegrove Productions created an educational film about the Marsh, and the Marsh spawned a number of biodiversity-related high-profile projects and events. Students from St Laurent Academy have visited various countries, including Sweden and Japan, where they have promoted the Marsh and the importance of preserving biodiversity.


Contact Us:

280 Beechwood Ave.,
Ottawa ON K1L 8A6

phone: 613-741-9530

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Project entered on: May 6, 2018 at 4:37 pm

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