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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 09:59

Bird migration is in full flight at Ken Reid Conservation Area

KenReidBirdChecklistAPRIL 9, 2019 – The sounds and sights of spring migration are in full flight at Ken Reid Conservation Area as song birds and waterfowl begin their long journey north.

“We’re extremely fortunate at Ken Reid to have a diverse environment which supports a variety of birds and waterfowl species,” explained Watershed Resources Technician, Rob Stavinga. “The Provincially Significant McLaren Marsh as well as the shallow bay areas of Sturgeon Lake are home to dozens of species of ducks, loons, geese, swans, osprey and more, while the inland areas of the conservation area offer a host of bird viewing opportunities in the meadows and forested areas.”

Assisting visitors to enjoy their spring birding experience even more, is the newly released Ken Reid Conservation Area Bird Checklist.

“Our new birding checklist is a wonderful tool to help inform visitors of which birds can be seen at Ken Reid Conservation Area and in which season,” said Kristie Virgoe, Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “The new checklist includes a map of locations throughout the conservation area and provides some great information about birds and bird species.”

The new bird checklist is available at Ken Reid Conservation Area by visiting the Administrative Building during regular business hours Monday to Friday. A digital version can also be downloaded online at

“Spring is a great time to visit Ken Reid Conservation Area as there are so many different species to be seen and heard,” said Mr. Stavinga. “In addition to the 176 species that have been identified at Ken Reid, 67 species are permanent residents who live and breed in and around the conservation area.

“I would encourage everyone to take a couple of hours to come and explore Ken Reid Conservation Area, pick up a copy of the birding checklist and have a great time seeing how many different types of birds they can see and identify,” Mr. Stavinga added. “It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and have fun as a family, a couple or just strolling along by yourself.”

Kawartha Conservation will also be hosting a birding hike with Mr. Stavinga in May. So be sure to watch our Facebook page at and events calendar at for information on that event and more coming up at our conservation areas.