The Village of Empress

is situated on the West side of the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and serves as a center to the surrounding farming and ranching community of 1,500 people. It has been a focal point for many activities in the area. It is also at the geographical center of many large cities in Western Canada: Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina.

Bird Watching


Long billed curlew by Barry cocksgreat blue heron by Barry CocksLazuli bunting by Barry CocksBaby Saw-whet Owl

Being located between the 2 rivers – one open with a badlands feel, and one with plenty of bush and trees gives Empress an ideal location for the nature enthusiast. This area is a natural habitat for many of Alberta’s endangered and at risk species simply because of our large expanses of undisturbed areas. Farmers and Ranchers are natural conservationists always looking out for the birds and animals that share this land. There are some spectacular views; whether it is hundreds of prairie chickens in their huge circles doing their ritual dances, or the flash of vibrant blue as the Mountain Bluebirds flit by. Out here you can hear the call of the whooping crane flying over, the song of the meadowlark. Watch the mother killdeer fake a broken wing as she leads you away from her nest. Nature at its finest.

Empress has been included in the Birding Trails of Southeastern Alberta developed by the Grasslands Naturalists.

Here is a local birding guide contact: Laura

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