Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada

Natural Heritage

Visitors to Fort Malden will discover an interesting variety of plants and animals, typical of this region of Southern Ontario.

Of particular note is the selection of trees. Two distinct types of forests - the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region and the Deciduous or Carolinian Forest Region - co-exist in this area. The latter extends into south-western Ontario because of the favourable climate. In Amherstburg, northern trees such as sugar maple and beech grow along with the southern sycamore and redbud. Several species reach the northern limit of their range here.

Because Fort Malden is situated along the edge of the Detroit River, many species of waterfowl can be observed throughout the seasons. Flocks of Canada geese, tundra swans and cormorants migrate through the area, while many species of ducks stop to feed before continuing on their journey. A few, like the mallard, remain to nest.