Mugaha Marsh in part is a natural wetland, but some parts of it are only flooded when water levels of Williston Reservoir are high. It was thought that the vegetation would be kept in check by flooding, but this isn't always the case and it is necessary to do some vegetation management at our site. Mugaha Marsh and some of the adjacent area has been proposed for Sensitive Area designation under the Forest Practices Code Act of BC which will offer a degree of protection while allowing for this type of management.

Many of the species found at Mackenzie are associated with habitat types that are important to monitor, such as intact interior forest, mature forest, multiple layer canopy and riparian. Population trends of certain species can indicate conditions in these habitat types. The most common warblers captured are American Redstarts, Northern Waterthrushes and Yellow-rumped Warblers (we get both "Audubon's" and "Myrtle" Warblers). Ruby-crowned Kinglets are caught in good numbers and one  year in particular has made Pine Siskins our number one species. Four songbirds (Hammond's Flycatcher, Varied Thrush, Townsend's Warbler and MacGillivray's Warbler) currently monitored at Mugaha Marsh are of international significance, as a large portion of their global population is in British Columbia. A further five species captured at our station (Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Magnolia Warbler, Ovenbird, Clay-colored Sparrow and White-throated Sparrow) are provincially significant as they are limited to this portion of British Columbia.

Our station often gets both eastern and western species and races due to our location -- providing a huge learning experience to visiting ornithologists. We have had several hybrid sapsuckers (Red-breasted x Yellow-bellied crosses) plus we get both Yellow-shafted and Red-shafted Flickers and the occasional intergrade.

Living quarters at Mugaha are fairly rustic, with two small travel trailers providing on site accommodations for the banders. There is a 12x20 building which serves as our banding lab. The station is located, for detailed directions please click on link in the menu at top, approximately 15 minutes drive north of the town of Mackenzie, which has a variety of accommodations including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and several campgrounds.

Information from this program was used by the authors of Birds of BC when writing Volume 4 of Birds of B.C. The migration monitoring program has helped develop awareness of birds in our area and their habitat needs. It has been supported by industry, government and conservation groups.