Birding Trails of Southeastern Alberta

Brochure Cover Trail 1 Trail 2 Trail 3 Trail 4 Trail 5 Trail 6 Trail 7 Trail 8 Trail 9 Trail 10 Trail 11 Trail 12 Trail 13 Trail 14 Trail 15

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Medicine Hat and RedcliffWildhorse AreaDinosaur Provincial Park
Sauder / Murray ReservoirsElkwater / Cypress HillsTilley Area
Pakowki Lake and EtzikomChappice and Many Island LakesLake Newell / Kitsim
Manyberries AreaSandy Point / EmpressTaber and Purple Springs
Pinhorn / OnefourBuffalo / BindlossWriting-on-Stone Provincial Park

Click on one of the above links (text or rectangle) to display and download a PDF file for a selected trail.

Each file contains a description of the trail and a map on a separate page.

The following documents are also available for download:

Complete "Birding Trails of Southeastern Alberta" Guide


Exciting sightings are published in the Sagebrush Chronicle. Sightings can be e-mailed to Bob Frew .

For help in identifying species, phone the Medicine Hat Interpretive Program Nature Line (403) 529-6225.

Bird Checklist

The Bird Checklist booklet is freely available to all at the Nature Centre. Download digital versions of checklist in PDF or Excel format.

"Bird Tales" Program for People with Dementia

"Bird Tales" is a program initiated by Randy Griffin and Ken Elkin with the National Audubon Society. It is an easy-to-implement therapeutic program that uses multi-sensor stimulation and the natural outdoor world of birds to help people living with dementia interact with the environment and share a meaningful experience with others. Observing birds through sight, sound, smell and touch can encourage staff and family interactions, even in elders with advanced dementia, and lift their mood for the rest of the day.

This program was introduced in Medicine Hat by the Grasslands Naturalists in 2015 at Masterpiece River Ridge, with the generous support of the Medicine Hat REALTORS’ Charitable Foundation, and was then introduced at the Meadow Ridge Seniors Village in 2016. The intent is to introduce the program, train staff and volunteers who take over after a period of time and we go on to another facility. The desired natural outcome is the expansion of the program to all dementia care facilities in Medicine Hat and perhaps across the province.

Initially, we supply Audubon stuffed singing birds, supporting pictures (with local photographers generously supplying pictures of local birds) and descriptions of the birds, educational materials, bird feeders, bird seed and training for the personnel.

Into our second year now, the Medicine Hat Wood Carving Club volunteered to come onboard and generously offered to supply “Comfort Birds” for the Bird Tales dementia residents. We are very grateful for their many hours of work and to Windsor Plywood for donating the wood.

At the end of the day, the potential for this program is only limited by the availability of volunteers. Our hope is to expand to housebound Medicine Hat residents with feeders attached to windows, so they may enjoy the natural world of birds immediately outside their windows. For volunteers, be it individuals, clubs, school classes and programs this simply means ensuring that the feeders remain clean and full and stop for a short visit with the housebound resident. If you are willing to help, please contact us at the following email address or 403-526-1003.

Nature Centre Birdfeeder Webcam

GN is experimenting with the use of a webcam for nature sites of interest to its members and the general public. As a first step, we have installed a webcam at the Nature Center to monitor the bird feeders. It is typically operating between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM, except holidays and Mondays when the Nature Centre is closed. The webcam only operates during the winter months. Birds are encouraged to find their own abundant natural food in Police Point Park for the remainder of the year.

The webcam can be accessed as follows:

  • Go to the YouTube website
  • Search for Grasslands Naturalists or go to the Grasslands Search Result.
  • Select "Grasslands Naturalists BirdCam Live Stream - Live Now". Videos from some previous days can also be viewed.

The webcam is mounted on a computer-controlled platform that pans and tilts to five positions including two feeders, one bird bath and two locations on the ground. The view is maintained for 10 minutes at each feeder and for two minutes at each of the remaining three locations.

At the present time, we are mainly seeing Black-capped Chickadees, House Finches, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Black-billed Magpies, Blue Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos and Ring-necked Pheasants. If you see an interesting bird that you need to be identified or confirmed, note down the day and time and report it to the Nature Centre. We are recording all sessions and keep the videos stored on the computer for approximately a week. For those with limited data packages with their internet provider, it should be noted that the webcam transfers approximately 0.3 to 0.7 GB/hour.

Bird Counts