3800 River Bend Drive, Red Deer.
Red Deer River, spruce/poplar forest.
Park in the River Bend Golf Course parking lot. There are trails south of the golf course and a 4-km perimeter trail that follows a large bend in the Red Deer River.
Waterfowl, Common Loon, American White Pelican, shorebirds, Black-backed Woodpecker, swallows, Boreal Chickadee, Brown Creeper, songbirds.
Large stretches of the river stay open for the winter, making this a good placeto see waterfowl and Bald Eagles.
Cliff Swallows nest under the bridge by Discovery Canyon and Bank Swallows nest closer to the boat launch.
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