Southeastern Alberta Birding Trails Guide
This map contains information licensed under the Open Government Licence – Alberta.
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 three documents are also available for download
|Overview and Overall Map|
|Table of Birds of Interest|
|Complete Birding Trails Guide|
The current version of the trails guide is posted on this website not only for general use but also for evaluation of the contents before brochures are printed. We anticipate that the final colour brochures, designed by a graphic artist, will also contain pictures of the areas to display the typical bird habitats for each trail.
Field trips by GN members and other birders to the 15 areas provide a great opportunity to evaluate the trail guide and obtain pictures. If you have any landscape pictures that you would like to contribute, please email them to Milt Spitzer.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 can be accessed as follows:
- Go to the USTREAM website
- Select "Watch" from the top menu
- Select "Search"
- Type "GN Bird Feeder" in the search box
- Press return
Alternatively, it can be accessed directly
The streaming video can be expanded to a larger size including full screen. Since we are using the free version of USTREAM, advertisements appear at the beginning and periodically during the streaming
At the present time, we are mainly seeing Black-capped Chickadees, House Finches, Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers with occasional Hairy Woodpeckers and Black-billed Magpies. Hopefully, Common Redpolls will be arriving soon. Occasionally, we direct the camera to the ground to observe ground feeders such as Dark-eyed Juncos, Ringnecked Pheasants with the occasional rabbit and deer. 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 0.7 GB/hour.
Once again, we are in an experimental testing phase and hope to eventually apply what we learn to other sites including, potentially, the Great Blue Heron rookery depending on a feasibility study and external funding.