Wildlife and Habitat
Ministik includes a matrix of wetlands, modified grasslands, and deciduous forest. It provides important habitat for both prey and predator species.
Ministik is located in a designated Important Bird Area, and borders the Ministik Bird Sanctuary. By securing this site, we essentially expanded the area protected by the Sanctuary.
There are many wetlands at this natural area, which are important for filtering water and maintaining our water supply. Ministik is located in the Cooking Lake Moraine Natural Area, and provides important habitat for wildlife.
Stewardship Highlights and Recent News
We removed old fences that are hazardous to wildlife, installed 20 nest boxes for waterfowl and saw-whet owls, and continue to monitor and control invasive plants.
In partnership with The Carbon Farmer, 16,000 trees where planted to help restore and enhance the habitat for wildlife.
See some memorable wildlife moments caught on camera at Ministik. Wildlife monitoring is an ongoing activity on all of EALT's Conservation Lands.
HOW TO GET TO MINISTIK
Heading east from Edmonton on Hwy 14, turn south on RR 220 (aka Joseph Lake Rd), and then east on TWP 502, for approximately 3.8 km to the trail head (visible on Google Maps earth view, and as a dotted line on Open Street Map). Park on TWP 502 and use Open Street Map to stay within the Ministik Bird Sanctuary boundaries to reach the Ministik Conservation Lands. The hike is approximately 6.3 km one way, following the informal trail.
Please be respectful of the neighbouring private lands, and only travel through the sanctuary. Enjoy your adventure!