The Kerry Wood Nature Centre (6300-45 Avenue, Red Deer) is the gateway to the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary.
The main features are two oxbow lakes separated by boreal forest.
Entrance is throughthe Nature Centre. If the building is closed, the trails are accessible from the north side of the building.
There is a 1-km paved trail (Dr. George Trail) with a viewing blind and a 4-km unpaved trail (Wishart Trail) with three lookouts.
Waterfowl, Black-backed Woodpecker, kinglets, Bohemian Waxwings (in winter), sparrows.
The trail at the south end of the sanctuary has numerous stairs and is very hilly. Stairs can be icy in winter.
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