Bald Eagles in a tree
The Robert W. Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary, located next the Best Western Hotel on the southern edge of Valemount just off Highway 5, is a prime bird watching locale.
The sanctuary, a Ducks Unlimited project, features 7km/4mi of trails and walkways. The first bird watching platform is less than five minutes from the parking lot. Reaching the second viewing platform takes about 30 minutes, and an entire walk around takes about 1.5 hours. Canoeing through the sanctuary is also an option.
The Robert W. Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary is located along a major migration route utilized by more than 140 species of birds each year. These include varieties of hawks, eagles, geese, ducks, swifts, woodpeckers, sandpipers, owls, finches, vireos, flycatchers, chickadees, bluebirds and warblers. The best time to view birds at the sanctuary is in the spring or fall at daybreak and dusk.