Hetchler - July 2021
Hetchler - #128 in Alberta Discover Guide (https://www.albertadiscoverguide.com/site.cfm?grid=E3&number=128) and 38.3 km from Red Deer. To reach this area head east on Highway 595 turning south on Highway 21 and west on Township Road 372 for approximately 2.0 km where there will be a turnout on the southside with a green Ducks Unlimited Canada Sign. Park so you do not block any gates.
This natural area is made up of grassland/bush habitat with numerous large wetlands interspersed throughout. There are also some wet meadows that are in the depressional areas of this property. Stands of aspens and willows can be found along the wetlands and trailing through the property.
This is a really nice area to explore with lots of beaver activity in and along the wetlands. Numerous wetland, forest and grassland birds were heard calling in this area. Including a very elusive LeConte's Sparrow which is always a treat to hear the camera shutter like sound it makes from within the cover of long grass.
It doesn't have pathways really but I didn't find it too troublesome to walk through.
The partner that manages this natural area is Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Be cautious around open water, and any wildlife in the area. Travel in pairs or groups.