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Bird Watching

Beaudry Provincial Heritage Park

Headingley

Beaudry Provincial Heritage Park is dedicated to protect its remnants of tall-grass prairie, and to restore this endangered habitat. A dense riverbottom forest flourishes near the Assiniboine River. Its prominent wildlife includes a variety of songbirds, whitetail deer, raccoons and beaver. There are hiking and cross-country ski trails.

Beaudry Provincial Heritage Park is dedicated to protect its remnants of tall-grass prairie, and to restore this endangered habitat. A dense riverbottom forest flourishes near the Assiniboine River. Its prominent wildlife includes a variety of songbirds, whitetail deer, raccoons and beaver. There are hiking and cross-country ski trails.

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Big Grass Marsh

Gladstone

Big Grass Marsh is an Important Bird Area of Canada. It is an important moulting and staging area for waterfowl including Mallards, Snow Geese and Canada Geese. The site also has globally significant numbers of nesting Franklin's Gulls. During fall migration, the number of Mallard Ducks in the area...

Big Grass Marsh is an Important Bird Area of Canada. It is an important moulting and staging area for waterfowl including Mallards, Snow Geese and Canada Geese. The site also has globally significant numbers of nesting Franklin's Gulls. During fall migration, the number of Mallard Ducks in the area have exceed 10,000 birds. As many as 6,500 migrating Sandhill Cranes have been recorded in the northern portion of Big Grass Marsh, around the Jackfish Lake region.

More information about the significance of the Big Grass Marsh to migratory birds and other wildlife can be found at the Important Bird Areas of Canada (IBA) website. More specific information about the significance of Big Grass Marsh as an Important Bird Area of Canada can be found at the IBC Canada site summary for Lanruth.

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Birding at Asessippi Provincial Park

Asessippi Provincial Park

Near and around Lake of the Prairies observant birders can see American goldfinches, kingbirds, common nighthawks, ruffed grouse, warblers and vireos. The lake itself is a good spot to view American white pelicans, many species of ducks, great blue herons and western grebes. Sandhill cranes make an appearance in September.

Near and around Lake of the Prairies observant birders can see American goldfinches, kingbirds, common nighthawks, ruffed grouse, warblers and vireos. The lake itself is a good spot to view American white pelicans, many species of ducks, great blue herons and western grebes. Sandhill cranes make an appearance in September.

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Birding in Riding Mountain National Park

Riding Mountain National Park

Riding Mountain National Park is an excellent location to experience birding. The Park's birder's checklist is available at the Visitor Centre to help keep track of the approximately 260 bird species to be found in the area, all waiting to be seen among the natural beauty of this unspoiled habitat.

Riding Mountain National Park is an excellent location to experience birding. The Park's birder's checklist is available at the Visitor Centre to help keep track of the approximately 260 bird species to be found in the area, all waiting to be seen among the natural beauty of this unspoiled habitat.

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Birding in the Duck Mountains

Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Forest

During your visit, you may spot hawks, warblers, woodpeckers, grouse, woodcocks, and many more species.

During your visit, you may spot hawks, warblers, woodpeckers, grouse, woodcocks, and many more species.

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Birding in the Swan River Valley

Swan River

The Swan River Valley is at the crossroads for northern and southern species of birds, as well as eastern and western birds. A great variety of habitat and species makes the valley a prime location for birding. Areas of most activity for birding are trails in the mountains, as well as local bird feeders, wetlands and a 100-box nesting trail. Expect to view peeps, waders, daublers, divers, golden-winged warblers, and perhaps even an albino red-tailed hawk.

The Swan River Valley is at the crossroads for northern and southern species of birds, as well as eastern and western birds. A great variety of habitat and species makes the valley a prime location for birding. Areas of most activity for birding are trails in the mountains, as well as local bird feeders, wetlands and a 100-box nesting trail. Expect to view peeps, waders, daublers, divers, golden-winged warblers, and perhaps even an albino red-tailed hawk.

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Crescent Lake Community Walkway

Portage la Prairie

Crescent Lake Community Walkway is a fully paved 5.2 km walkway, lit every evening year round.
Crescent Lake Community Walkway is a fully paved 5.2 km walkway, lit every evening year round.
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Delta Marsh

Delta

Delta Marsh is one of the largest and most famous freshwater marshes in the world. Large numbers and species of birds are found here, with hundreds of species of birds recorded in the marsh area. The Delta Marsh Bird Observatory is one of the busiest bird banding stations in Canada. During spring...

Delta Marsh is one of the largest and most famous freshwater marshes in the world. Large numbers and species of birds are found here, with hundreds of species of birds recorded in the marsh area. The Delta Marsh Bird Observatory is one of the busiest bird banding stations in Canada. During spring and fall migrations, Delta Marsh becomes a birder’s paradise. Large numbers of warblers, sparrows, and other songbirds, as well as tundra swans join migrating geese and ducks as they funnel into the field station area to rest on route; or stage for short periods of time.

A large portion of the lake front along the south shore of Lake Manitoba was established as a privately owned and operated station, known for its research and educational activities. There is a viewing tower, boardwalk and interpretive trail for the public at Delta Beach on PR 240.

Directions:
PR 240

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Forest Interpretive Centre - WMA

Broad Valley

The Forest Interpretive Centre located 8 km southwest of Fisher Branch at Broad Valley is one of the Wildlife Management Areas in the province. With more than 4,100 hectares comprised of lush aspen forest & dotted with numerous wetlands Otter Lake is part of this area that provides staging...

The Forest Interpretive Centre located 8 km southwest of Fisher Branch at Broad Valley is one of the Wildlife Management Areas in the province. With more than 4,100 hectares comprised of lush aspen forest & dotted with numerous wetlands Otter Lake is part of this area that provides staging habitat for waterfowl, pelicans, and shorebirds. The aspen forest is productive ruffed grouse habitat and fills with songbirds in spring and summer. White-tailed deer and elk make significant use of the WMA in winter.

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Interlake Pioneer Trail

Riverton

-walking, hiking, biking, horse back riding, portion is for ATV'ing. Formerly the Prime Meridian Trail, this is the rail bed of a former CN rail line that cuts through the heart of the Interlake.This trail begins at Grosse Isle, just 10 minutes north of Hwy 101 on Hwy 6. The Prime Meridian Trail...

-walking, hiking, biking, horse back riding, portion is for ATV'ing. Formerly the Prime Meridian Trail, this is the rail bed of a former CN rail line that cuts through the heart of the Interlake.
This trail begins at Grosse Isle, just 10 minutes north of Hwy 101 on Hwy 6. The Prime Meridian Trail Association anagers the first 10km (6 miles) of trail where you will find a conservation, recreation trail and heritage trail as a spur trail of the Trans-Canada Trail. As a haven for naturalists it boasts a variety of species over 240 flowers, 170 birds, 31 of mammals, 4 amphibians, 3 species of reptiles, that starts in the lush tall grass of the Red River Valley, then marches north thru farmland.

Phone:
204-886-7635

Toll Free:
1-800-238-9947

Website:

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Jackfish Lake

Plumas

Jackfish Lake is an “area of significance” for sandhill cranes; of which thousands migrate through the area each year.
Jackfish Lake is an “area of significance” for sandhill cranes; of which thousands migrate through the area each year.
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Lake Francis Wildlife Management Area

St. Ambroise

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Millennium Wayside Park

Cypress River

MillenniumWayside Park features a wetlanddiscovery trail that guides users throughout the wetland and upland habitats. Boardwalks and floating docks are built over the wetland, adjoining a trail. Interpretive signs indicate the importance of wetlands on our landscapes, species found within the...

MillenniumWayside Park features a wetlanddiscovery trail that guides users throughout the wetland and upland habitats. Boardwalks and floating docks are built over the wetland, adjoining a trail. Interpretive signs indicate the importance of wetlands on our landscapes, species found within the marsh and the importance of watersheds. Washrooms and picnic tables are available.

In the path of a migration corridor, and with an abundance of local marshes, sloughs and creeks to provide a refuge for waterfowl, it is not unusual to see hundreds of geese feeding in fields along roadsides during the fall. Deer, elk, coyotes, foxes and wolves can be found throughout the hills both to the north and south.

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Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre Manitoba Star Attraction

Stonewall

Internationally recognized as a leader in “saving wetlands through education,” Oak Hammock Marsh is a marvelous year-round facility offering great family activities. A short drive from Winnipeg on Highway 67 (between Hwys 7 & 8).

Internationally recognized as a leader in “saving wetlands through education,” Oak Hammock Marsh is a marvelous year-round facility offering great family activities. A short drive from Winnipeg on Highway 67 (between Hwys 7 & 8).

Directions:
Locate a short drive from Winnipeg on PTH67 (between PTH7 & 8), at 1 Snow Goose Bay on PR220.

Phone:
1-204-467-3300

Toll Free:
1-888-506-2774

Fax:
1-204-467-9028

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Pinkerton Lakes Wildlife Refuge

Treherne

The Pinkerton Lakes Wildlife Refuge features a lookout tower.

The Pinkerton Lakes Wildlife Refuge features a lookout tower.

Directions:
south on PTH 242

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Rossendale Area Wildlife Lands

Rossendale

The Rossendale Area Wildlife Lands near the Assiniboine River on Highway #242 is an important wildlife habitat, and has a wealth of outstanding scenery.
The Rossendale Area Wildlife Lands near the Assiniboine River on Highway #242 is an important wildlife habitat, and has a wealth of outstanding scenery.
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St. Ambroise Beach Provincial Park

St. Ambroise

The St. Ambroise Beach Provincial Park’s fine sand beach is dotted with campgrounds and picnic areas. Viewing of migratory birds along the boardwalk is a bird-watcher’s dream, enroute to the lookout tower in the marshlands.

The St. Ambroise Beach Provincial Park’s fine sand beach is dotted with campgrounds and picnic areas. Viewing of migratory birds along the boardwalk is a bird-watcher’s dream, enroute to the lookout tower in the marshlands.

Phone:
204-239-3215

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