Duncairn Reservoir Migratory Bird Sanctuary
The Duncairn Reservoir Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS) is located in south-west Saskatchewan. It offers a quality habitat for ducks and swans to rest and feed.
Importance of the sanctuary: migratory birds and other wildlife
The Duncairn Reservoir Migratory Bird Sanctuary, located 32 kilometers southwest of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, is one of five sanctuaries that were established in 1948 to replace five older sanctuaries that were deemed to no longer be suitable due to drought conditions.
This protected area is in a semi-arid region that is very drought-prone, which makes it an extremely important fall resting and feeding area for ducks (mainly mallards), geese and tundra swans.
The value of this site is constrained by the limited amount of riparian habitat, which is essential for waterfowl breeding and moulting. The lack of islands means that colonial-nesting waterbirds cannot use the sanctuary for breeding.
Did you know?
In a body of water, the transitional area between land and water is called the riparian zone. Water loving plants, like cattails, usually grow happily in this area and many species of birds rely on riparian habitat for foraging, nesting and shelter.
Map of the area
Long descriptionMap showing the location of the Duncairn Reservoir Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS) in relation to Saskatchewan, Duncairn, Vesper and Reid Lake. The map shows the boundaries of the refuge, which contains Reid Lake water's and a few surrounding banks. The MBS is located north-west of highway 343. The scale of the map is in kilometers. Permanent and intermittent waters are shown on the map, as are roads and highways. An inset on the map shows the location of the shelter in Canada.
Access to the sanctuary
There are 16 public roads that provide access to the sanctuary. Please respect that, depending on the entry point, public access to Duncairn Reservoir Migratory Bird Sanctuary may be at the discretion of the many private landowners adjacent to the reservoir.
Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, such as Duncairn Reservoir, are established across the country to protect migratory birds during critical periods of their life cycle. Whether these areas are used for feeding, resting or nesting, they play an important role in the survival of many species. Access to each migratory bird sanctuary varies by site and is at the discretion of the landowner and land manager. Please ensure that you are aware of how you can help protect this sanctuary and please read the restrictions, including those on firearms and hunting, which are in place to conserve the wildlife that call it home. Dogs and cats must not be allowed to run at large inside Migratory Bird Sanctuaries.
If you would like further information on what is permitted in Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, please visit the Management and Activities section of the website. For more information on Duncairn Reservoir Migratory Bird Sanctuary in particular, please contact our regional office.
Key facts about Duncairn Reservoir Migratory Bird Sanctuary
|Protected Area designation||Migratory Bird Sanctuary|
|Province or territory||Saskatchewan|
|Latitude/longitude||50°02' N, 108°08' W|
|Date created (Gazetted)||1948|
|International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Management Category||V – Protected Landscape/Seascape|
|Main habitat type||Open water and mud flats (100%)|
|Key bird species||Mallard, tundra swan, geese|
|Other species||Birds: American white pelican, terns, great blue heron, killdeer, spotted sandpiper, willet, Wilson’s phalarope, semipalmated sandpiper, least sandpiper, Baird's sandpiper, pectoral sandpiper, sanderling, American avocet|
|Listed species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA)||None|
|Management agency||Canadian Wildlife Service|
|Landowner||Province of Saskatchewan|
- Duncairn Reservoir Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Google Maps (Please note that the Google map is a complementary source of information that can help locate the migratory bird sanctuary and does not represent the official map or site name.)
- Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (The Canadian Encyclopedia)
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas – Prairie Region
115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X4
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