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Shorebirds of the Chaplin Lake Area

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Piping Plover


For thousands of years, shorebirds have relied on a network of food-rich stopover sites during their migration between South America and Canada's Arctic. To survive these arduous cross-continent treks birds must land periodically for food and rest.

Stopover sites are critical to survival. They provide space, food and protection from predators to aid in the recuperation from long flights and the restoration of fat and energy for the next stage of the journey.

As the second largest saline water body in Canada, encompassing more than 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres), Chaplin Lake has ample shoreline. More than 30 species of shorebirds - some of them endangered - either stop to rest and refuel or nest and raise their young.


Guidelines for Watching Shorebirds

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The Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation acknowledges the contributions of:

Canada-Saskatchewan Agreement on Rural Development, Canada-Saskatchewan Agreement on Water Based Economic Development, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada, Chaplin Brine Shrimp Company, Chaplin Lions Club, Great Trails Getaway Region, IPSCO Inc., New Careers Corporation, Rural Municipality of Chaplin, Saskatchewan Economic and Co-operative Development, Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management, Saskatchewan Minerals, Tourism Saskatchewan, TransCanada PipeLines, Village of Chaplin, Artist Dennet Woodland

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