Bird Sanctuary

view THE LIMBERLOST NATURE CLUB FIELD LIST OF BIRDS AND MAMMALS (1950 – 1956)

Some would claim that Limberlost, in its entirety, is an ideal bird sanctuary given its topography and abundance of logs, snags and cavity trees that serve to provide shelter.

Marion Hill, one of the founders of the historical Limberlost Lodge, was a keen ornithologist, cataloging 160 different species of birds within a three kilometer radius of the lodge. Mrs. Hill’s favourite area for bird watching was the secluded wetland at the northern end of Buck Lake, which continues to serve as a popular nesting area.

The trail along the west side of Buck Lake provides guests with direct access to this secluded bird sanctuary.

A wide variety of bird life, including sandhill cranes and blue herons, breed in the mature trees which surround the grassy wetlands created by a long abandoned beaver dam.

By approaching the wetland area discreetly, you will minimize your impact on the wildlife in the area and will be more likely to view bird and animal activity.

The Buck Lake bird sanctuary can also be reached by driving to the High Lake – Poverty Road Junction, and then hiking down a trail which follows the ridge above the Hickory Creek Ravine.

The Kalonga Valley is also a secluded sanctuary for birds to feed and nest. Owls which have long been associated with Limberlost are once again frequently seen swooping across the valley as well as around Burns Lake in the early evenings.

Owls, like other raptors which feed high up the food chain, experienced breeding problems starting in the 1950s due to the increased concentrations of poisons ingested through the fish and small animals they ate. Fortunately, initiatives to reduce the use of pesticides and other poisonous chemicals have been largely successful and the population of owls in northern Ontario is increasing.

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