Lesser Slave Lake, approximately a 2 ½ hour drive from northwest of the city of Edmonton, offers some of the best bird-watching opportunities in Alberta. It’s here you will find both the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory and Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.
The Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory offers visitors a chance to get up-close and personal with a large variety of migrating songbirds through community-focused programs and events for the general public. These include hands-on education programs, nature clubs and tours of the bird-banding lab where you can see migrating birds up close in-hand. Bird watchers of all ages are welcome to participate. Scheduled tours run during the months of July and August although visitors can come at other times throughout the season.
Nearby is the impressive Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation, the only educational and research facility in the world strategically located to study boreal birds on their breeding grounds. The centre offers a number of exhibits and hands-on displays for a chance to get close with nature. The centre also has a gift shop, interpretative programs and accommodation for visiting researchers.