The Cariboo Highway
If ospreys and eagles are your kind of bird, go
to Green Lake. The shallow, reedy west end of the lake is attractive
to waterfowl as a nesting and migratory resting area. At 100 Mile
House, BC Wildlife Watch has a viewing site located in the marsh
behind the InfoCentre. Look for moose, sandhill cranes, and
bald eagles, as well as waterfowl by the thousands.
At Williams Lake, the Scout Island Nature Centre focuses on the
marshland and the superb birding in it. Spotting a yellow-breasted
blackbird won't require much effort, but will make your visit
here entirely worthwhile.
Bella Coola Road (Hwy 20)
Magnificent trumpeter swans winter at Lonesome Lake, south
of Hwy 20 in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. A heartfelt description
of a Chilcotin pioneer's relationship with these birds is recorded
in Ralph Edwards of Lonesome Lake by Ed Gould.
Forks Wildlife Management Area, a protected marshland on Hwy 20
near Chilanko Forks, 38 miles (62 km) west of Alexis Creek, is home
to more than 52 species of birds (among them waterfowl, hummingbirds,
and woodpeckers), as well as beavers.
north of Hwy 20, about 35 miles (60 km) west of Alexis Creek, is
a feeding area for white pelicans in the spring and summer
and trumpeter swans from fall to freeze-up. Other viewing
sites are on Alkali, Anahim, and Pantag Lakes. Never approach nesting
white pelicans, and keep well back when they are foraging; any encroachment
may cause adult pelicans to abandon their nests or feeding grounds
(15 km) south of Hwy 20 on Farwell Canyon Rd is the California
Bighorn Sheep Reserve, a more than 1,000-acre (400-hectare)
game reserve at the confluence of the Fraser and Chilcotin Rivers.
The reserve is home to 500 bighorns, one-fifth of the world's population.
Watch for groups of them scaling the steep sandstone riverbanks.
Inside Passage and Discovery Coast
The midcoast is bald eagle country, and kayakers will
also have the company of the ubiquitous kingfisher, common loon,
cormorant, and sandpiper. In the Hakai Provincial Recreation
Area, over 100 species of birds have been identified,
ravens and ospreys among them. Feeding flocks of gulls, auklets,
murres, and murrelets are numerous in the waters of Kildidt and
Queens Sounds. Black oystercatchers, pelagic cormorants, surf birds,
and both black and ruddy turnstones are also common.
waters are home to an amazing number of marine life form, and their
existence and activities are controlled by the rhythmic movements
of the tides. Every tide pool has its own distinctive inhabitants:
mollusca, crabs, starfish, anemones, sea urchins, and many others.
to watch for include harbour seals, sea lions, beavers, river otters,
orcas, and humpback whales. Offshore waters are home to minke, gray,
and humpback whales, as well as porpoises and dolphins. Terrestrial
wildlife includes black-tailed deer, mink, and wolves,
as well as black bear, Kermode bear, and (on the mainland)
the largest grizzly bears in the province.