Turn south on Rge Rd 2-4 off Rainy Creek Road (Twp Rd 40-0 ). The Natural Area is at the end of the road.
GPS: N52.3889 -W114.2450
An 11-ha mature aspen/balsam/mixed woodland on the northwest shore of Sylvan Lake.
Look for a small overgrown, wet (often impassable) trail to the southeast. It is possible to walk along a ridge that parallels the lake, but deadfall makes hiking difficult.
Ruffed Grouse, Bald Eagle, Veery, Swainson’s Thrush, Ovenbird.
While at Sylvan Lake, check out Petro Beach (marked on the map, 50A Ave in Jarvis Bay). Excellent waterfowl viewing during fall migration.
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 habitats.
- 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). 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