Watchable Wildlife Manitoba

Tall Grass Prairie Preserve


Services

Availability

Drinking Water Yes
Restrooms Yes
Marked Trails Yes
Boardwalk No
Viewing Tower No
Picnic Shelter Yes
Camping No
Concession No
Visitor Centre Yes
Interpretive signs/Brochures Yes
Primitive Site Yes

Description

The 2,200-hectare preserve is the largest remnant of tall grass prairie left in Manitoba, an ecosystem that once blanketed the interior of the continent from here to Texas. More than 50 species of birds nest in the preserve. You can see a variety of other species from badgers to bears, white-tailed deer to white-tailed jackrabbit, smooth green snake to blue-spotted salamander, and butterflies galore. Two interpretive trails guide you through the prairie and tell you more about the rare ecosystem.

The preserve is a cooperative program involving several conservation organizations.

Don’t Miss

  • Prairie Shore Trail
  • Agassiz Interpretive Trail
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada visitor centre

Habitats

  • Tall grass prairie and aspen-oak parkland

Site Specialties

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Yellow Rail
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Eastern Whip-poor-will
  • Sedge Wren
  • Le Conte’s Sparrow
  • Bobolink
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Western prairie fringed orchid
  • Small white lady's slipper

Directions

From Winnipeg, take Highway 59 south to PR 201 or 209 and head east, there are several designated blocks of prairie in the area.

Cautionary Notes

Watch for poison ivy.

Admission

No entrance fee.

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