Cover image for Best places to bird in the Prairies : local experts, insider knowledge, hard-to-find birds / John Acorn, Alan Smith & Nicola Koper ; foreword by Candace Savage.
Best places to bird in the Prairies : local experts, insider knowledge, hard-to-find birds / John Acorn, Alan Smith & Nicola Koper ; foreword by Candace Savage.
Publication Information:
Vancouver, British Columbia : Greystone Books, 2018.

Physical Description:
xiii, 266 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.


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598.09712 ACO Book Adult General Collection

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Three local experts reveal their favorite places to watch birds in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

In Best Places to Bird in the Prairies, three of Canada's top birders reveal their favorite destinations for spotting local birds in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. They highlight thirty-six highly recommended sites, each of which has been expertly selected for the unique species that reside there. With exclusive lists of specialty birds, splendid color photography, and plenty of insider tips for finding and identifying birdlife year-round, the book is accessible and easy-to-use--an indispensable resource that will inspire both novice and seasoned birders to put on their walking shoes, grab their binoculars, and start exploring.

The destinations they feature are as varied as the birds that are found there, ranging from rural to urban, easily accessible to remote. The authors provide clear maps, detailed directions, and alternative routes wherever possible to ensure the experience is satisfying for first-time visitors and experienced birders alike.

Author Notes

John Acorn a lifelong naturalist, is the author of seventeen books on natural history. He teaches at the University of Alberta in the Department of Renewable Resources. He lives in Alberta.
Alan Smith spent thirty-seven years with the Canadian Wildlife Service and helped establish and run the Last Mountain Bird Observatory in Saskatchewan. He is a life member of Nature Saskatchewan and the author of three other birding books. He lives in Saskatchewan.
Nicola Koper a professor of conservation biology at the University of Manitoba, has coauthored over sixty scientific articles in ecology and has written for popular magazines such as Cottage Life. She lives in Manitoba.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introduction: A Journey through the Prairie Provincesp. 1
Alberta: John Acorn
1 Banff National Parkp. 9
2 Dinosaur Provincial Parkp. 15
3 Frank Lakep. 21
4 Glenmore Reservoirp. 27
5 Alberta Grain Terminal, Edmontonp. 33
6 Gull Lakep. 39
7 Lac La Bichep. 45
8 Lake Newellp. 51
9 Pakowki Lakep. 57
10 Wabamun Lakep. 61
11 Weed Lakep. 67
12 Whitemud Ravinep. 73
Saskatchewan: Alan Smith
13 Estevan-Roche Percéep. 81
14 Grasslands National Park: West Blockp. 87
15 Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park: Centre Blockp. 93
16 Avonleap. 99
17 Chaplin Lakep. 107
18 Leaderp. 113
19 Reginap. 121
20 Last Mountain Lake: South Endp. 127
21 Last Mountain Lake: North Endp. 135
22 Saskatoonp. 145
23 Duck Lake-Macdowallp. 151
24 Prince Albert National Parkp. 157
Manitoba: Nicola Koper
25 Nopiming Provincial Parkp. 167
26 Ostenfeldp. 173
27 Oak Hammock Marshp. 183
28 Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preservep. 189
29 Winnipegp. 195
30 Beaudry Provincial Park and FortWhyte Alivep. 203
31 Riding Mountain National Parkp. 209
32 Oak Lake and Plum Lakesp. 219
33 Whitewater Lakep. 225
34 Manitoba Grasslands Birding Trail: Northern Routep. 231
35 Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Parkp. 239
38 Churchill (BY Rudolp Koes)p. 247
Acknowledgementsp. 253
About the Authorsp. 255
Indexp. 257