Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Gambling Lake, Lindbrook

Gambling Lake is an ecologically diverse 150 acre (63 hectare) property just north of Miquelon Lake provincial park that boasts forests, shrubland, grassland, lakeshore and wetlands. Thanks to this ecosystem diversity, many well known species such as moose, mule deer, ruffed grouse, and great horned owl call the area home.

The numerous wetlands also provide ideal habitat for a diversity of waterfowl including blue-winged teal, American wigeon, northern pintail, lesser scaup and bufflehead. Historically, trumpeter swans, considered endangered in Alberta until July 2014, have also been spotted in the area.

NCC acquired the Gambling Lake property property with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.