Wildlife At Wasaga

Birds

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park provides habitat for over 230 bird species, including those found nesting within park boundaries and those passing through during migration seasons. The following species list was created in 2005:

  • Snow Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Tundra Swan
  • Brant
  • Wood Duck
  • American Wigeon
  • American Black Duck
  • Mallard
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Canvasback
  • Redhead
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Greater Scaup
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Surf Scoter
  • White-winged Scoter
  • Black Scoter
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Wild Turkey
  • Red-throated Loon
  • Common Loon
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Bittern
  • Least Bittern
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Green Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Yellow Rail
  • Virginia Rail
  • Sora
  • Common Moorhen
  • American Coot
  • Whooping Crane
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • American Golden-plover
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Piping Plover
  • Killdeer
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Ruff
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Whimbrel
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Red Knot
  • Sanderling
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Least Sandpiper
  • White-rumped Sandpiper
  • Baird’s Sandpiper
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Dunlin
  • Short-billed Dowitcher
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • American Woodcock
  • Wilson’s Phalarope
  • Red-necked Phalarope
  • Red Phalarope
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • Pomarine Jaeger
  • Bonaparte’s Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Common Tern
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Black Tern
  • Passenger Pigeon
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Eastern Screech Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Snowy Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Boreal Owl
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Whip-poor-will
  • Chimney Swift
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Eastern Wood-pewee
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  • Alder Flycatcher
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Northern Shrike
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Gray Jay
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Horned Lark
  • Purple Martin
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged
  • Swallow
  • Bank Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • House Wren
  • Winter Wren
  • Sedge Wren
  • Marsh Wren
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Veery
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Wood Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • American Pipit
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Golden-winged Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Pine Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Ovenbird
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Lapland Longspur
  • Eastern Towhee
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Clay-coloured Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • Vesper Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Grasshopper Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Snow Bunting
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Bobolink
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Purple Finch
  • Red Crossbill
  • White-winged Crossbill
  • Common Redpoll
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • House Sparrow

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Aug
18
Sat
Wasaga Under Siege – A War of 1812 Experience
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wasaga Under Siege – Visit British, American, Native and British Naval encampments on Nancy Island Historic Site. Re-enactors will transport you back to the War of 1812 through musket and cannon firing, 1812 cooking, fashion and surgeon demonstrations and storytelling.

Aug
19
Sun
Wasaga Under Siege – A War of 1812 Experience
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Wasaga Beach, ON
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