Mortlach, Saskatchewan
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Birding in Mortlach area

 

Saskatchewan is one of North America's hotspots for birds. Nature Saskatchewan has recorded 430 species of birds in Saskatchewan. 

Sask Bird Checklist (from Nature Saskatchewan and enlarged) (thank you David)

Photo: Purple Finch by Nick Saunders

Birding Destinations:

Thunder Creek Heritage Marsh System About 4 km east, then 2 km north of Mortlach

Moose Jaw area birding sites: Nature Moose Jaw

Chaplin Lake Bird Sanctuary; Chaplin Nature Centre has tours

Last Mountain Lake For a century, Last Mountain Lake has been officially recognized as a special place for wildlife. It was the first federal bird sanctuary reserved in North America. More recently, Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area has been designated as a "Wetland of International Importance" along with 30 other sites in Canada and over 700 locations world-wide. Two main factors contribute in attracting such a wealth of birdlife to the area: its good habitats and its strategic location in the heart of the central flyway of North America. Last Mountain Lake is an important migratory stopover for hundreds of thousands of birds travelling across the Great Plains, between their northern breeding grounds and their southern wintering grounds.

Old Wives Lake Migratory Sanctuary

Pelican Lake (4 miles north of Mortlach) One of Pete Thayer's Favorite Hot Spots (From Wildbirds.com) Large numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl utilize Pelican Lake during both the spring and fall migration. Marbled Godwits, Wilson's Phalaropes and American Avocets are often present during the spring and fall migration.

Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre, Moose Jaw

       

Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl

Related Links:

Ca MacDonald Birder "Sask Birding Hotspots"

Nick Saunder's Birding Blog

Bird Links of the World: Saskatchewan

Yahoo Sask Birding Website

 

    

Photo: Northern Flicker by Nick Saunders