Calgary has a number of major natural areas, including one provincial park, which provide a wide variety of opportunities to view wildlife. The alert birdwatcher should be able to see Double-crested Cormorants and Common Loons at the Glenmore Reservoir, while more casual wildlife watchers will be able to spot Mule Deer at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Fish Creek Provincial Park: This large natural area has many different ecosystems, ranging from grasslands and aquatic areas to white spruce forest and aspen parkland. Unfortunately, the path system (which is extensive) suffered major damage with the flooding in June 2006, including the destruction of a large number of pedestrian bridges.

Nose Hill Natural Area : Dominating the north end of the city, Nose Hill Natural Area is the largest municipal park, at over 1100 hectares (4500 acres). It boasts one of the few remaining areas in Alberta where fescue grass grows freely.

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre: Located a short distance outside of the downtown core, along the Bow River, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary has an interpretive centre and a surprising array of birdlife. A great place to see those fall wood-warblers. In early spring, study the gulls on the river; in late spring, check out the ducks on the river and along the channels that weave through the sanctuary, Wood Ducks (an unusual species for Western Canada) are resident, after having been introduced many decades ago.

Weaselhead-Glenmore Park Area:  On the margins of the Glenmore Reservoir in south Calgary, these two natural area parks have plenty of walking trails, and opportunities to see Trumpeter Swans in early spring, and Common Loons in the summer.

You can find out more about these and other natural environment parks at City of Calgary Natural Environment Parks.

Birders will want to check out the Calgary Field Naturalists' Society (CFNS) / City of Calgary Rare Bird Alert recording, at (403) 221-4519.