Oak Hammock Marsh is a natural wetland in Manitoba just outside of Winnipeg, and a small paradise. There is a Ducks Unlimited interpretive centre with architecture that allows it to blend with the wetland and not change the ecosystem of the birds who summer there. There are cliff swallows that dart and chase each other around the outside of the building, and you can see waterfowl paddle from the windows.
It’s quiet, with the sound of tall grass swaying, birds chirping, and the trickle of water. Wings flapping, the splash of a paddle. YES. I get so excited.