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Protecting and preserving nature’s nursery

Two families of wood ducks paddled in the water while bullfrogs periodically croaked and woodpecker nestlings chirped away in a nearby hollow tree on a recent summer evening at Little Swamp Sanctuary in Shepherd. To Barb and Joe Rogers, scenes like this are worth protecting.

The Rogers, who operate Wildlife Recovery Association, have managed the approximately 300 acres of wetland for about 50 years.

“A healthy wetland is teeming with life; it is nature’s nursery, the very beginning of interlocking food webs that provide for the wildlife we treasure,” Barb said.