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In the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of BC, spring typically comes during the month of March. It can arrive late some years in this part of the province, but when you’re outdoors in March, it’s time to start keeping your eyes open and ears perked. It’s a wonderful day when you see your first robin or hear that early first call of a Red-winged Blackbird. Then you know that spring is officially here!
If you are in the Williams Lake area, be sure to drop into the Scout Island Nature Centre, which is located in the heart of the city where the lake empties into Williams Creek. The nature centre features marsh, island and lake environments, and because it’s on a main migratory route, it’s a premier spot for bird watching. There is over 2 km (1.2 mi) of lakeside and marsh edge trails from which you can spot not only birds, but wildlife such as fox, beaver and deer. The educational Nature Centre itself is a wonderful place to take children. There are always natural history interpreters there to answer any of your questions.
The 100 Mile Marsh is another awesome bird viewing area. It’s located directly behind the 100 Mile Visitor Centre. Circling the marsh is an interpretive walking path with viewing benches and picnic area. Depending on the season, you can see Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, Blue-winged Teals, Green-winged Teals, as well as sandpipers, swallows, grebes and other ducks. If you are a photographer with a telephoto lens, there are places to hide and get those memorable shots! I took the above Yellow-headed Blackbird photo right behind the visitor centre.
If you are in the vicinity of 100 Mile House, drop into the 100 Mile Visitor Centre. It has the reputation of being the friendliest visitor centre in the province! They can direct you to several birding areas, including the 100 Mile Marsh. Pay them a visit, you will enjoy your stay!
Bird watching in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of BC
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