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“I think we can get a bit closer,” Jamie says, and we paddle as silently as we can towards a huge American pelican. Soon, we are just metres away from the giant bird, and he looks at us curiously wondering what we’re up to.
Stealthily, I get out my camera and cross my toes that he won’t fly away too soon. As we drift closer, the pelican bursts into the air in one fluid motion. He is surprisingly graceful for his size and is across the bay in seconds, propelled by his three-metre wingspan. It’s the first time I’ve seen a pelican in Alberta and over the weekend, I see many more plus cormorants, redwinged blackbirds, gulls, eagles, and loons. Lac la Biche is a designated bird sanctuary and home to over 200 species of birds!
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Jamie Laird, a Lakeland local since 1997 and owner of Lakeland Expeditions Rentals, isn’t surprised by the pelicans, foxes, or large buck that walks through the Day Use Area. The abundance of wildlife and birds is one of his favourite things about living here. He recommends getting out on the water in the morning for the best wildlife viewing and I’m glad I have the canoe for the weekend.