May 2016 News

Spring has definitely sprung at the Sanctuary and thanks to the recent rains water levels have more or less returned to where they were last year.  The Red-winged blackbirds are a common sight on willows beside the boardwalk and you’re almost sure to hear the “pure sweet Canada, Canada, Canada” call of the White-throated sparrow.  Chokecherry and Saskatoon bushes are pretty much done blooming, but the wild roses are starting to appear already.  Watch on the water for the beautiful Blue-winged Teal – easy to spot because they have a violet-grey head with a white crescent on each side.  If you’re hiking in the evening also listen for the unusual “swooping” sound of the Common Snipe as it dives through the air high overhead – making the noise with wind rushing over its tail feathers.