|Central Nature Viewing Region|
|Alkali Lake (Riedemann Wildlife Sanctuary)|
|Alkali Lake: Krista Kaptein photo||White Pelicans: Krista Kaptein photo|
|Alkali Lake , which gets its name from an outcrop of alkali on the hillside above it, is a hotspot for numerous species of waterbirds and songbirds. It is an important staging area in the Cariboo during spring migration and is one of the first areas of open water used by migrant water birds in this region.|
|Area/ Trail Length|
|Seasons to Visit||Spring, summer, fall.|
|Viewing Highlights||American White Pelicans feeding & in migration from May to August. Trumpeter & Tundra Swans may be seen in spring/ fall migration, with large numbers of Tundras in spring before northern lakes are open . Waterfowl on the lake include Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, Mallard, Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal. The marshes have Song Sparrows, Eastern Kingbirds, Mountain Bluebirds, Willow Flycatchers, Common Yellowthroats and Vesper Sparrows. Look for Bald Eagle, Golden eagle, and Long-billed Curlew nearby.|
Beaver are active. Twelve species of bats in summer.
|Main Access||40 km south of Williams Lake on Dog Creek Road.|
|Other Recreational Activities|
|History|| In the past the spot was important as a way station on one of the various trails to the Cariboo goldfields farther north.|
In the 1990's the ranch owners established a waterfowl sanctuary on Alkali Lake , putting up birdhouses for bluebirds, re-established pheasants in the area and introduced wild turkeys, quail and chukars.
|Links||History of Alkali Ranch|
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