Coulson - July 2021
Coulson - #168 in Alberta Discover Guide (https://www.albertadiscoverguide.com/site.cfm?grid=E3&number=168) and 55.5 km from Red Deer. To reach this natural area head south on Highway 2 until Highway 54 head west past Spruce View. Turn north onto Highway 761 for approx 6 km and there will be an entrance to the area on the east side of the road. There is a parking lot that fits about 10 cars.
This isn't a very large natural area but it is along the North Raven River which flows through the property. There is a picnic table at this site to enjoy some snacks while here. If you do want to go further into the natural area there are not very many paths and the river does cut you off so you'll have to cross it to go much further.
Even with its small size this natural area is rich in biodiversity. There are numerous forest birds that nest within this little patch of protected habitat including a Common Yellowthroat family with the male pictured here carrying a load of caterpillars to feed his brood. This natural area has a mixed-wood forest with mainly white spruce and aspens with patches of willows species.
Partners of this natural are include Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Fish & Game Association.
Be careful around open water and be aware of wildlife in the area.