YELLOWHEAD FLYWAY BIRDING
TRAIL ASSOCIATION (YFBTA)
YFBTA is a not-for-profit
charitable organization which works to promote awareness of the importance of
wildlife and spaces for wildlife. YFBTA promotes conservation,
preservation, awareness and tourism.
The Vision of the Yellowhead
Flyway Birding Trail Association is to be a group
engaged in learning about, advocating on behalf of and
celebrating the natural world.
The Mission is to attract
people of all ages to the organization, its programs and
to trails within our geographic area.
The area of the
Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association extends from the Manitoba border
west to #9 Highway. The Southern part of the area begins with the
Qu’Appelle Valley and its northern boundary lies north of # 10 Highway.
area was once almost devoid of trees and bush. It is part of the prairie
with agricultural settlement. With the control of the prairie fires more
and more areas of poplar, aspen, and willow bush thrived. There are many
small lakes and large sloughs throughout the area. Flowers bloom in
abundance and fruits have produced banquets for people and other mammals,
including the birds. In recent years agricultural lands have been drained.
While some habitat has been destroyed, other has been maintained. Various
individuals and organizations have worked to protect the wetlands and to
enhance the community knowledge and awareness of environment and
An increased number of
birders are recording the sightings of more and more species. Apparent
changes in migratory patterns has meant larger numbers of geese and cranes
in both spring and the fall and an extension of nesting areas for these
birds and larger numbers of song birds.
Although this website provides information
regarding a number of birding trails in this part of Saskatchewan, there are
currently five birding trails within the YFBTA region:
The Carlton Trail Regional Park,
Cherrydale Golf Course and Nature
Preserve, Kaposvar Trail, Leflay Trail &
Slough View Park.
The majority of membership in the YFBTA comes from various parts of
Saskatchewan and Manitoba.