Over 100,000 migratory shorebirds travel through the Chaplin Lake, SK area each spring, including up to half of the global population of Sanderling and important numbers of Stilt Sandpipers and Red-necked Phalaropes, along with many breeding American Avocets and Piping Plovers. Many shorebird species are experiencing population declines, and annual migration monitoring is a critical tool that can serve as an early warning sign of change and improve management and conservation of at risk bird species.
A Citizen Science project, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, Environment Canada, and the Chaplin Nature Center, was initiated in 2014 to systematically count shorebirds at Chaplin and Reed Lakes during spring migration.
This is a fantastic opportunity for experienced birders and amateurs alike to contribute to a great cause and to experience one of the premier spots for observing shorebirds in the prairies.
The Chaplin Nature Centre, located on
the Trans Canada Highway, offers a remarkable opportunity to experience the uniqueness of this area.
The Nature Centre near the Village of Chaplin
offers a wealth of information about the shore birds, the brine shrimp and mining industry
as well as the area's significance as it connects to the hemispheric web of migration.
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Some of the best attractions in Saskatchewan can be found in or near Chaplin.
We have the largest deposit of sodium sulphate
in North America,
and are host to over thirty different species of shorebirds.
Each year hundreds of thousands of birds stop at Chaplin Lake - some to nest, some to refuel on their way to their Artic breeding grounds.