Go north of Lacombe on Hwy 2A, turn east onto Milton Gadsby Lake Road (Twp Rd 41-2). Turn north on Rge Rd 26-2, then east on Twp Rd 41-4.
J.J. Collett Natural Area contains rolling landscapes and a variety of plant communities; shrublands, aspen stands and meadows are typical of the area; a small stream fed by wetlands winds through the area to form a pond; small stands of white spruce grow on the area’s moist, shady hillsides; prairie crocus grows on grassy hillsides and in open woodlands.
Some graveled roads. Info about walking trails here. Park at road and walk in if gate locked.
There is a mix of both forest and grassland bird communities; over a hundred bird species have been identified within the natural area.
The Red Deer River Naturalists are not liable for any injury or damage whatsoever caused to yourself or others by using this guide.
~ Use discretion when venturing into natural habitat.
~ Do not trespass on private land.
~ Some sites allow livestock grazing.
~ Some sites allow hunting.
~ Some sites in western regions are in bear/cougar habitat. Take all necessary precautions.
More birds will be seen in the spring and summer seasons but all locations will have some winter birds. Typical and common species can be expected for each habitat described. Large deep lakes typically attract migrating waterfowl (ducks, swans, and geese).