Quill Lakes Visitor Centres
Because of its large size and limited access, visitors to the Quill Lakes International Bird Area are advised to stop first at the area's three visitor centres located in Wadena, Foam Lake, and Wynyard. Visitor reception staff can direct you to viewing areas, and update you on viewing opportunities and birding hotspots. Here you can also prepare for your adventure through displays and interactive exhibits. The centers are open free of charge, and operate spring until fall. Other times may be arranged by appointment. Birding groups and bus tours welcome. For more information Contact us.
The Quill Lakes International Bird Area Interpretive Centre - Wynyard
Visitor can gain a special appreciation for the International Bird Area by visiting the large Interpretive Center in Wynyard. Here you'll find interactive displays, wildlife dioramas, an activity center and a movie theatre. Films are shown throughout the day, highlighting the areas birds, wetlands, and cultural history.
At the Interpretive Center, you can discover how the Canadian Air Force used the Lakes during World War II, why the lakes are so important to the endangered Piping Plover and other wildlife, and how wildlife organizations are working to conservation the Lakes valuable resources. You can also improve your birding skills by trying your hand at estimating bird numbers, identify many of the birds common to the area, and learning what mysteries banding birds the Quill Lakes have uncovered. At the Activity Center you'll discover the wonders of migration and learn what tactics birds have developed for feeding in the Canada's largest saline lake.
The Wadena and District Museum and Nature Centre - Wadena
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many volunteers Wadena's original CN Train station continues to welcome visitors since it was built in 1904. Now receiving visitors by car, the station is home to Wadena's Visitor Information Center and the Wadena Museum and Nature Center highlighting the areas cultural and natural heritage. A number of buildings and exhibits portray pioneer life, such as OLE's emporium and general store, the station agent's parlor, a one-room Schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and vintage farm machinery. Guided tours are available of the Brice House built in 1914, giving visitors a unique glimpse into our prairie history.
At the Nature Center, you'll find interactive maps of the Wadena Wetlands Viewing Area, computer games, and exhibits featuring shorebirds and waterfowl. A large wetland diorama features many of the areas unique marsh birds. Visitors can peer under the waters surface and into a muskrat's home. Birders can learn all about the areas songbirds and will enjoy viewing nesting and feeding songbirds on the centers remote video camera.
The Foam Lake Visitor Centre and Nature Centre - Foam Lake
Located in the Visitor Information Centre, the Foam Lake Nature Centre features a wetland diorama with waterfowl, an interactive map of the Foam Lake Heritage Marsh, interpretive displays and an activity center for children. A short hiking trail next to the Centre allows visitors to stretch their legs, and view songbirds, while strolling beside Milligan Creek- headwaters of the Quill Lakes. The Visitor Center carries a full line of local, regional, and provincial travel information, internet/e-mail service, picnic, camping, and rest stop services. Located next to the Centre is the Douglas Pioneer Home where on designated days throughout the summer season you can sample fresh bread baked in an outdoor clay oven.