The Fort Whyte Alive Centre in Winnipeg was originally a site owned by a concrete company where they dug clay and gravel for the production of cement. They later found other sources for these products and abandoned the site. Luckily the Manitoba Wildlife Federation saw the potential in this site for a wildlife habitat and they claimed the area.
The lake areas are the result of the past digging for the gravel and clay and the rains and flooding that filled these large areas with water. Wildfowl that migrate through have a good place to rest before continuing either north or south on their travels. Many geese and ducks stay to raise their families here. There are also many small birds – both migrant and permanent residents that can be found here.
I just picked up a membership to Fort Whyte today – but did not stay to explore. They let me get it before they had even opened. I had raking to do back at home and knew it would be a very busy day there today anyway. I enjoy a quiet time to stop and take pictures or listen to the song birds, but I wanted to get the membership because it was on sale for the day. I did take some pictures from the road and parking lot though. 🙂
I think you can expect plenty more pictures from Fort Whyte in the near future. 🙂