Proven Lake Important Bird Area, Manitoba, Canada

The Proven Lake Important Bird Area near Erickson Manitoba offers spectacular opportunities for bird and wildlife viewing, so make sure to bring your binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras. Surprisingly, this hidden gem in the midst of...
The Proven Lake Important Bird Area near Erickson Manitoba offers spectacular opportunities for bird and wildlife viewing, so make sure to bring your binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras. Surprisingly, this hidden gem in the midst of Minnedosa Pothole Country is often overlooked by bird watchers, campers, hikers, nature lovers, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts on their way to nearby Riding Mountain National Park. A 3.2 km loop trail around the beautiful lake offers visitors stunning views and complete immersion in nature, as well as access to a variety of different habitats including broadleaf woodland, hay field, spruce bog, wetland, cattail marsh, sedge meadow, and open water that support a huge diversity of birds and wildlife. Interestingly, the wildlife management area was developed by Ducks Unlimited, recognized as a Manitoba Heritage Marsh, and designated as an Important Bird Area due to the significant number of Black-crowned Night Herons that nest here. In addition, the site hosts a large colony of nesting Franklin's Gulls, as well as a wide variety of waterfowl and forest birds, and it serves as an important stopover spot for migrating birds in spring and fall. Birding highlights of our mid-summer visit included families of Red-necked Grebes, Eared Grebes, Western Grebes, Buffleheads, Common Goldeneyes, Ring-necked Ducks, Scaups, Mallards, Northern Shovellers, Double-crested Cormorants, Hooded Mergansers, Canvasbacks, and a Black-crowned Night Heron. We also spotted a beaver and a black bear.

To reach the marsh head north on Highway 10 out of Erickson. Turn left (west) on Highway 45, and then turn right (north) on Road 111, which is the first gravel you encounter. Head straight for the lake until you see a small parking area and a wooden sign for Proven Lake, where the trailhead is located.
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23 June 2023 at   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
The Proven Lake Important Bird Area in Manitoba offers spectacular scenery and fantastic bird and wildlife watching opportunties.
23 June 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
A wooden sign in the parking lot at the trailhead welcomes hikers, bird watchers, nature-lovers, and photographers to the Proven Lake IBA, MB, Canada.
23 June 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
Proven Lake, Manitoba was designated as an Important Bird Area because a signficant number of Black-crowned Night Herons nested at the lake.
23 June 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
Many species of waterfowl breed at the Proven Lake Wildlife Management Area, including Eared Grebes. Mid-summer is the perfect time to families of adorable baby ducks, geese, and waterfowl!
23 June 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
The Proven Lake Important Bird Area is a hidden gem for bird watchers and photographers interested in gulls, waterfowl, and forest birds.
23 June 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
In the 1990s over 200 pairs of Black-crowned Night Herons were recorded breedinng at the Proven Lake IBA, Manitoba, Canada.
23 June 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
The Proven Lake IBA, Manitoba is a great place to find gulls and terns, like this Forster's Tern that was fishing in the deep blue waters of the lake.
23 June 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
Western Grebes are just one of many highlights for birders who bring their binocalrs and scopes to the Proven Lake Important Bird Area, MB, Canada.
23 June 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
The 3.2 km loop trail around Proven Lake, MB offers hikes, birders, and nature-lovers stunning scenery and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities.
23 June 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
Birds aren't the only thing visitors to the Proven Lake Wildlife Management Area can see. Beavers, otters, and black bears can also be spotted!
23 June 2023 ·   5 months ago taken in   Proven Lake, Harrison, MB R0J, Canada
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