Hansen Reservoir - July 2021
Hansen Reservoir - #99 in Alberta Discover Guide (https://www.albertadiscoverguide.com/site.cfm?grid=E3&number=99) and 39.4 KM from Red Deer. To reach this area head west on Highway 11 past Sylvan Lake until Highway 766 where turn south for approx 3 KM and the area will be on the westside of the road. There is a parking area that fits about 10 cars with garbages.
This natural area doubles as a Trout Pond but I really enjoyed it. The area is not very big at 24-acres mostly being covered by the body of water but I found it really nice. Around the pond there are grasses/wetland vegetation and patches of willows, aspens, spruce and a few pines. The patches of trees allows for a good array of bird diversity within this area.
I saw 27 bird species while at this location and some young blue-wing teal ducklings paddling around in the water. There is a pathway that leads around the area but does not go all the way around - nor can you go all the way around since the pond continues onto private property before you can do a full circle.
Still though it's a lovely place to have a short little walk maybe bring a picnic and listen to the chorus of birds. I also saw a white-tailed deer doe with her two fawns so you never know what you might see!
The partners that manages this area are Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Environment and Parks.
Be cautious around open water, watch for wildlife in the area and changing weather conditions.