Gadsby Lake Natural Area - May 30
Gadsby Lake Natural Area - 66.6 km from Red Deer. Head east on Highway 12 until after the Town of Tees turn North onto Range Road 232 until the very end. The natural area is on the left (west) do not go through the gate it is private property.
This natural area is gorgeous but not for the faint of heart. There are very few trails made up by game animals such as moose or deer. Therefore, you are ultimately walking in the bush. The understory vegetation is well developed making it tricky to walk through. The natural area is made up of large mature trembling aspen and balsam poplar with white spruce intermixed.
There are numerous animals that call this place home including moose, white-tailed deer, red squirrels, coyote, ruffed grouse, and a variety of forest birds.
I was lucky enough to stumble upon a white-tailed deer fawn. Fawns are born with little to no smell and white spots to aid in camouflage. Therefore, while they are young their primary defense is to lie as still as they can until mom comes back. I quickly snapped a picture and left the area to allow her to move her fawn. Do not touch a fawn if you find one.
If you travel to this natural area be loud so you don't sneak up on a female moose with her calves, always be aware of your surroundings and watch for tripping hazards.
The partner that manages this area is Alberta Parks.
Be safe and enjoy the nice weather by visiting some of these beautiful areas.