October 2009 SaskSecrets

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Old Wives Lake Nature Area and Interpretive Trails

Old Wives Lake Interpretive AreaThe fall migration season in Saskatchewan can be an exciting time for birdwatchers. It’s during this time that Saskatchewan’s huge skies fill with the migration activity of ducks, geese and swans. Old Wives Lake Interpretive Area is one of many important areas to the fall migration of birds. 

Fall migration begins at the end of September and continues through October and sometimes into November each year. Old Wives Lake, located 5km north of Mossbank in the south central area of the province, is the fourth largest saline lake in North America and is designated a Migratory Bird Sanctuary and part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. 

Old Wives Lake Interpretive AreaThe Sanctuary is an important breeding, molting and staging area which attracts large concentrations of ducks, Canada Geese, Snow Geese and Tundra Swans.  An estimated 500,000 shorebirds use Old Wives Lake as a stopping point while on migration from their Central or South American wintering grounds to their Arctic breeding grounds.

Additionally, the area has an overwhelming display of biodiversity highlighting native prairie grass, prairie birds and shorebirds.  The Old Wives Lake Interpretive Area strives to become an eco-tourism destination that promotes preservation through education of this environmentally and historically significant area.

Old Wives Lake Interpretive AreaThe interpretive trails throughout the area provide information about the ducks, geese and shorebirds that can be seen as well as the diverse mix of prairie birds and wildlife that call the area home. Common Prairie birds seen in the area include Western Meadowlark, Redwinged and Yellow Headed Blackbirds, Sharp Tailed Grouse; birds of prey including: Red Tailed, Swainsons and Ferruginous Hawks. Occasionally spotted are: Lark Bunting, Bobolink, Horned Lark and Mountain Bluebirds.

This area is also rich with historical significance, dating back to 1840, which makes it even more interesting to many visitors. Click here to read the story of Old Wives Lake.

For more information about Old Wives Lake Interpretive Area click here.