Inglewood Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Red-eyed Vireo picture
Photo: © Frontier Digital Arts. Red-eyed Vireo.

Inglewood Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS) is located in central Calgary on the alluvial bottomlands of the Bow River Valley. Native trees and shrubs form a dense band of habitat on the west bank of the river. The river banks and adjacent upland are vegetated by trees, shrubs and mixed (native/domestic) grasses and herbaceous vegetation. Widespread flooding in 2013 had a tremendous impact on the MBS, altering the river channel, depositing silt, and causing extensive damage to the trees and vegetation. Recovery efforts are ongoing.

The eastern part of the sanctuary (on the east side of the Bow River) is largely golf course and Canadian Pacific Railway property. This portion of the sanctuary has little natural habitat.

Importance of the Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Inglewood MBS was designated in 1929 to provide breeding areas for waterfowl. Of the more than 225 recorded bird species at Inglewood MBS, the vast majority use the area during spring and fall migration. From mid-August to mid-September, the riverine forest attracts large numbers of mixed-flocks of warblers, vireos, chickadees, kinglets, nuthatches and woodpeckers. Open water during the winter is used by over 5000 Mallards and smaller numbers of Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Lesser Scaup and Bufflehead as well as other species such as Wilson’s Snipe, Killdeer, Bald Eagle and Belted Kingfisher.

Most of the birds that nest in the sanctuary are passerines (songbirds). Other nesting species include Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Merganser, Canada Goose, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Gray Partridge and American Kestrel.

Access and Activities

MBSs are established for the protection and conservation of migratory birds. Activities that could harm migratory birds, their nests or their eggs are prohibited.

MBSs can be and have been established on private, provincial, territorial and federally owned lands. Access to each MBS varies by site and is at the discretion of the landowner and land manager.

Where MBSs are located on federal land, Environment and Climate Change Canada is responsible for the management and protection of migratory birds, nests, eggs and habitat. Where MBSs are located on provincial land, Environment and Climate Change Canada is responsible for the protection of migratory birds and their nests, while the chief game officer of the province is responsible for the management of habitat. Where MBSs are located on private or municipal land, Environment and Climate Change Canada is responsible for the protection of migratory birds and their nests. Habitat management is the responsibility of the landowner.

Public access to the MBS is at the discretion of the landowners (City of Calgary, Canadian Pacific Railway, and Inglewood Golf and Curling Club). Those interested in visiting Inglewood MBS are advised to contact the City of Calgary for information regarding access and facilities open to the public. The standard prohibitions under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations apply to Inglewood MBS: hunting migratory birds is prohibited, and no person shall disturb, destroy or take the nest of a migratory bird or have in his or her possession a live migratory bird, or a carcass, skin, nest or egg of a migratory bird, except under the authority of a permit issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada or unless authorized by the Regulations. Possession of firearms or other hunting appliances is prohibited. Dogs and cats must not be allowed to run at large.

For more information on entry, activities and permits in MBSs, please visit the Management and Activities section of the Migratory Bird Sanctuaries website. For more information on Environment and Climate Change Canada's protected areas, please contact the regional office.

For greater certainty, nothing in this document shall be construed so as to abrogate or derogate from the protection provided for existing Aboriginal or treaty rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada by the recognition and affirmation of those rights in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Map of the Area

  • Map of Inglewood Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Long description of the map

Map showing the location of Inglewood Migratory Bird Sanctuary relative to Alberta and Calgary. The map shows the boundaries of the sanctuary, which is in central Calgary and runs along portions of the river valley.

This map is for illustrative purposes only and should not be used to define legal boundaries. Inglewood MBS can also be viewed using Google Maps. Please note that the Google map is a complementary source of information and does not represent the official map or site name.

Summary table

Summary table for Inglewood Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Category Information
Protected Area designation Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Province or territory Alberta
Latitude/longitude 51°02' N, 141°00' W
Size in hectares (ha) 111 ha
Date created (Gazetted) 1929
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) management category N/A
Additional designations None
Main habitat type Riverine forest (9%), grassland/shrub (3%), stream (1%), park/golf course (87%)
Key bird species Warblers, vireos, chickadees, kinglets, nuthatches, woodpeckers, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Wilson’s Snipe, Killdeer, Bald Eagle and Belted Kingfisher
Other species

Birds: Northern Pintail, Canada Goose, Spotted Sandpiper, Gray Partridge and American Kestrel

Plants: Canadian Thistle

Listed species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) None
Management agency Canadian Wildlife Service, Prairie and Northern Region
Landowner City of Calgary and private

Contact Information

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Prairie and Northern Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas and Stewardship Unit
Eastgate Offices
9250 - 49th Street
Edmonton AB T6B 1K5
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)
Email: ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca
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