Medicine River Wildlife Centre
From Hwy 54 go south on Rge Rd 4-2 for 4 km, then east on Twp Rd 36-0 for 1 km.
Extensive wetlands, aspen woods, mixed woods, grassland, bog, tamarack and spruce woods.
From the west side of the parking lot, follow the path to the Observation Tower which overlooks Sandhill Slough. Hiking trail to viewing blind is open year-round.
Ruffed Grouse, Northern Harrier, Sora, Sandhill Crane, Barred Owl, Great Gray Owl, Canada Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Hermit Thrush, Le Conte’s Sparrow.
In late summer, Sandhill Cranes often bring their young to feed in the marshy areas along Twp Rd 36-0 to the east of the Centre. A small lake (locally called Adams Lake) on the west side of Rge Rd 4-2, north of Twp Rd 36-0, can be viewed from the road. Nearby are two Conservation Sites: Drake and Porter. Check Alberta Discover Guide for details.
The Red Deer River Naturalists are not liable for any injury or damage whatsoever caused to yourself or others by using this guide.
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). Notable Species are species of special interest that have been recently recorded in or near the area.
Alberta Conservation Association’s (ACA) Alberta Discover Guide has 170 + Conservation Sites listed for the Central Alberta area. Check their website www.albertadiscoverguide.com for locations to pick up a printed version or get the pdf or app version at: www.albertadiscoverguide/getyourguide.cfm