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Lake - Large numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl utilize
Lake during both the spring and fall migration. Marbled Godwits, Wilson's
Phalaropes and American Avocets are often present during the spring and
Saskatchewan IBAs - This is a working list and map of
potential Important Bird
Areas in Saskatchewan. The process of identifying IBAs in this region is
by no means complete. Additional sites that qualify as IBAs will likely
be identified and likewise, some of the sites mapped may not qualify as
IBAs once a thorough evaluation is completed. Once a site has been formally
identified as an IBA the site name is linked to a one-page site summary.
See also this site.
Spotting in Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan is a major staging
for the 4,000-kms (2,500-mile) migration, one of the best places in the
world to observe the elegant Whooping Cranes. The environment is stable,
the birds are widely dispersed throughout it, and it's accessible while
thinly populated. Whooping cranes can linger more than a month here while
foraging for the grain that fuels their long trip.
Saskatchewan Birding Page - this is a compilation of
alerts and trip reports.
Visiting Birders may particularly want to check the Saskatchewan Trip Report
- Sept. 18-23, 1997 for an itinerary and sites to see birds around Regina.
Birding Hotspots - from Harvey and Brenda Schmidt.
check out their birding trip reports covering various areas in Saskatchewan
and southern Alberta.
Mountain Bird Observatory (near Govan, Saskatchewan,
30 miles northwest of Regina)
- Bird Banding, Birdwatching
Mountain Lake Saskatchewan, Canada Regional Migratory
Lakes Saskatchewan (50 miles north of Regina) - International
at the Quill Lakes - This site will show you the
Lakes International Bird Area, Saskatchewan, Canada. This new
highlights the Quill Lakes International Bird Area in Saskatchewan, Canada.
This birding hotspot hosts millions of birds annually with one day counts
exceeding 250,000. Large concentrations of ducks, geese, cranes, and shorebirds.
The site has numerous international designations including an Important
Birding Area. The area includes Canada's largest saline lake and Canada's
largest breeding population of endangered piping plovers. Facilities include
the Quill Lakes Interpretive Centre, the Wadena Wetlands Viewing Area,
and the Foam Lake Heritage Marsh Viewing Area.
Wives/ Reed Lakes Complex, Hemispheric Reserve.
of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. The Chaplin/Old Wives/Reed
Lakes area is one of the most important inland sites for migratory birds
in North America. This area spans over 42,000 hectares (100,000 acres)
and is the second largest saline inland water body in Canada. More than
30 species of shorebirds, some endangered, stop or nest here every summer.
Over half of the world’s population of Sanderlings rest and eat here before
completing their journey to nest in the Canadian Arctic. The numbers of
Stilt Sandpipers and Piping Plovers are also significant.
Lake - A Site Guide - by Muriel Carlson. Turtle Lake doesn't
have any turtles, but it does have habitat diversity that produces some
great birding. In fact, it has become one of Saskatchewan birders' destinations
for parkland and boreal species.
Sand Hills - located on the Canadian Prairies, in west-central
large saline lake, Lake Manitou, and an area of about 100,000 acres (40,500
hectares) to the south of the lake has been designated a special “protected
area” by the Saskatchewan Government. This area of wild prairie parkland
provides important habitat for the migration of birds in the Spring and
Fall, as well as a reserve for native plants and wildflowers. Manitou Lake
has recently been nominated to the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Network
for special designation as an important stopover for migratory shorebirds,
and home to endangered species like the Piping Plover.
Island National Wildlife Area - 35 km. northeast of Humbolt
Saskatchewan. Includes a
map of the area. Lenore Lake is an important breeding, moulting and staging
area for waterfowl and a breeding, feeding or nesting place for songbirds,
grebes, terns, gulls, cormorants, pelicans and great blue herons. Ducks,
Canada geese and passerines nest on Raven Island, while many species use
it during migration.
Lake Nature Guide - Redberry Lake lies in the Parkland
of Saskatchewan, Canada. It has been a national bird sanctuary since
1915. Saskatchewan has included the lake in its "Representative Areas Network"
of ecologically important sites. In 2000, the entire Redberry Lake
watershed was named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Redberry Pelican Project Home Page - Coordinating research,
education and tourism initiatives
to protect vulnerable species. The waters and islands of Redberry Lake
were reserved as a federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1915, and the islands
have been protected as a Wildlife Refuge.
Trip Reports - a number of Saskatchewan trip
are available from Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report
and Trip Planning Repository".