Birding groups looks to protect Hughes and Mercer lands

Turning parts of the expansive Hughes and Mercer lands into a protected nature reserve will draw a steady flow of “well-heeled” birders to High River –eager to grab a peek of a great Blue Heron or bald eagle – says a local biologist.

Greg Wagner, formerly with Alberta Environment, told town council Monday his plan to protect a swath of municipal-owned land in the north-end of High River could transform the community into an eco-tourism hotspot.

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