On the grounds of the Manitou Mounds (Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung) area are many acres of protected flora and fauna due to the various ecosystems found at our site, ranging from prairie savannah, through various kinds of mixed forests, riparian zones and other sites. This includes a great number of species of birds that are unique to this region of Ontario (are not seen anywhere else in the Province).
Access to the site, which is on Rainy River First Nations Reserve Lands, is controlled by a gated access point off of Shaw Road. The area is open for bird viewing during our normal hours of operation
We welcome all interested bird enthusiasts, but we do request you respect both our private property, as well as the sanctity of the sacred grounds. Please be respectful of other users and the environment as you enjoy your visit to our special historical, cultural and ecological Reserve.
Primary Species Commonly Experienced Here
David Elder, noted local birding expert, has published a birding guide to the Rainy River district. We have engaged him to create an inventory of the birds that can be found specifically at our site.
The following is a partial list from David's bird guide:
American White Pelican
Le Conte's Sparrow
Best Times and Seasons for Viewing
While birding is possible in all seasons, the grounds of the historical centre are open during May to October for summer operations and December to March for winter sports.
During the month of June we experience the peak of bird migration and nesting behaviour, and we would expect the highest variety of species to be on display at that time.
Access Considerations and Directions
During operating hours we request you check in with the office to ensure we are aware you are present.
Guided and unguided birding tours are available.
Please stay on the marked trails to protect the animal and plant species, and the many significant spiritual and ceremonial artifacts on the grounds.