Kaposvar Birding Trails
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John Simpson (306) 745 2803
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|The idea of a birding trail along the Kaposvar
reservoir first developed when I attended the
inaugural meeting of the YFBTA. Judy Parker, REDA
officer of Esterhazy, felt Esterhazy should be
represented and asked me to attend. When discussing
possible bird trails in the YFBTA areas, I
immediately thought of John Nightingale’s land
located two miles west of Esterhazy.
Houston stated in his after dinner talk at the first
annual general meeting of the YFBTA: “If
Saskatchewan is the Duck factory of North America,
the Yorkton-Duck Mountain area is its heart. The
area of the YFBTA encompasses is a part of the
closeness to the Qu’Appelle Valley, the creeks Kaposvar and Cutarm, and the many potholes and
sloughs in the area provides many opportunities for
birding. The interpretive trail around the golf
course is another. The little creek that flows into
the Kaposvar reservoir on the Nightingale property
is my favourite.
After the meeting with John Nightingale and gaining his
permission and enthusiastic support we scouted out
possible trails on the site. This was accomplished in
March 2004. It was decided that an eight foot bridge
would be needed to cross a three foot trench that the
beavers had excavated. This would allow access to cross
the creek via one of the beaver dams. With the
assistance of the Esterhazy
Scouts, this bridge was constructed and put in place
in the spring of 2004. In June the trail was visited
by the grade four classes of P. J. Gillen School.
After spending three hours on the trail, July 4,
2004 I wrote an article about what I saw that day.
At the suggestion of Walter Farquharson is was
offered to “Nature Views” where it was published in
the fall issue. On the last weekend of September 28,
2004, approximately 60 members of Nature
Saskatchewan visited the Kaposvar Trail.
John Nightingale and I, along with the assistance
of Wayne Provick have expanded the trails. Plans
are in the works to construct a bridge and set up a
viewing platform. Also signs will be placed where
needed. It is the hope of the Kaposvar Birding Trail
Committee that all will be in place for the 2006
Saskatchewan Tour 2004
The Kaposvar Trails are 2.5 km West of Esterhazy on
Highway #22. At the 2.5 km mark turn North and continue
for 1 km. This will bring you to the start of the AB
Trail. On these trails you may see wildlife such as
white tail deer, beaver, coyotes and painted turtles.
Various water fowl such as ducks, coots, pelicans,
grebes, sand pipers and many other species of birds are
also found. Forest birds are also in the area such as
thrushes, flycatchers, morning doves, red winged and
yellow headed blackbirds.
The Kaposvar Birding committee would like to thank the
Esterhazy Boy Scouts for their continued support and
contributions to the birding trails.
|The location of the
Kaposvar Birding Trails
can be found
using Google Earth.