Beaverhill Natural Area is about 10 kilometres east of Tofield, and provides an excellent opportunity to view many hundreds of migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, as well as songbirds and hawks, each spring and autumn. The best access to Beaverhill Lake is from the south
at Francis Point or from the east at Mundare beach.
This Natural area is fairly small in size, comprising part of the shore of Beaverhill Lake and the Dekker and Pelican Islands. It helps to protect one of Alberta's most renowned resting areas for migratory birds. The extensive shoreline and variety of
marshes, fields and aspen woods adjoining the large lake provide a wide diversity of
Beaverhill Lake has attracted bird enthusiasts to its shores for many years. In 1984, a group of birders began what is now officially named the Beaverhill Bird Observatory. This group is dedicated to promoting public interest in birds, and their activities include banding birds, counting birds, setting up nest boxes for a variety of species, undertaking detailed research on bird behaviour and habitat needs and acting as Volunteer Steward.
The Beaverhill Natural Area benefits from the interest of a number of parties. Cooperation among local land owners, the
Observatory, Ducks Unlimited and Alberta Forestry, Lands and Wildlife
have both served to protect this site as an internationally renowned location for bird watching.
If you visit Beaverhill, please ensure that your activities do not disturb the wildlife or damage any of the natural features of the site.
For more information on this wonderful
natural site, check out Alberta Environment's online Alberta Wildlife
Viewing Guide, Beaverhill
Reprinted with permission from "Alberta's Natural Areas" with permission from
Alberta Forestry, Lands and Wildlife.