Collins June 2021
Collins - #151 in Alberta Discovery Guide and 44.6 km from Red Deer. This natural area is east on Highway 42 to the north of the road before Highway 21. I park along Range Road 240 being careful not to block any gates.
This area is a oasis of wetlands nestled in a grassland habitat. There are a few truck trails but it is easy to walk through if you go off trail. This natural area is on the outskirts of a large wetland, although not part of the natural area you can watch the vast number of waterfowl swim and sit along the shoreline. Last time I was there I saw a Black Crested Cormorant patiently sitting on a fence post airing out their jet black wings.
Other wildlife that use this area include white-tailed and mule deer, moose, coyote, red fox and grassland birds.
The partner than manages this area is Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Be cautious around open water, watch for nesting birds, wildlife in the area and changing weather conditions.