Bradwell National Wildlife Area pamphlet

Bradwell National Wildlife Area
Photo: D. Henderson © Environment and Climate Change Canada, 2015. Bradwell National Wildlife Area

What makes Bradwell NWA so special?

Bradwell National Wildlife Area (NWA) was established in 1968 for the benefit of breeding and staging migratory water birds. Located about 48 km southeast of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the NWA provides relatively undisturbed wildlife habitat in an otherwise intensively cultivated agricultural region. This 128-hectare site includes five wetlands surrounded by native prairie, planted grasslands and aspen groves. Wetland water levels are managed in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Bradwell NWA provides:

  • important habitat for more than 100 bird species including Bobolink and Horned Grebe;
  • nesting habitat for waterfowl such as the Redhead, Canvasback, Northern Pintail and Ruddy Duck;
  • important staging grounds for migratory birds such as the Lesser Snow Goose and White-fronted Goose;
  • staging and breeding habitat for shorebirds such as the Marbled Godwit and Wilson’s Phalarope;
  • important habitat for at least 3 amphibian species and 19 mammal species.

What are Environment and Climate Change Canada Protected Areas?

Environment and Climate Change Canada establishes marine and terrestrial NWAs for the purposes of conservation, research and interpretation. NWAs are established to protect migratory birds, species at risk, and other wildlife and their habitats. NWAs are established under the authority of the Canada Wildlife Act and are, first and foremost, places for wildlife.

Migratory Bird Sanctuaries (MBSs) are established under the authority of the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, and provide a refuge for migratory birds in marine and terrestrial environments. The current Protected Areas Network consists of 54 NWAs and 92 MBSs comprising more than 12 million hectares across Canada.

What can I do at Bradwell NWA?

Visitors may access Bradwell NWA for activities such as wildlife viewing and hunting provided they do so only on foot, as vehicles are prohibited. Hunting is subject to provincial and/or federal regulations and conditions. For more information on access and permits for activities in Bradwell NWA, please contact the Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office listed here.

Canada Map
Long description of the map

Location of the NWA on an illustrated map of Canada. The NWA location is indicated by a general annotation in the province of Saskatchewan.

Who can I contact?

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Prairie and Northern Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X4
1-800-668-6767
Email: ec.enviroinfo.ec@canada.ca
Protected Area web site
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