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Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
and The Nat Christie Foundation
Whooping Crane Breeding Facility

The Calgary Zoo established the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre (DWCC) in 1984. We call it the zoo ranch. It consists of 320 acres along Dunbow Road, SE of Calgary. There is a large slough, maintained from natural runoff, as well as a cattail marsh, cultivated cropland and hay fields, a small amount of native prairie, and small clumps of native and planted aspen, poplar, and white spruce. It is a private breeding facility that is not open to the public. A general birdlist has been maintained at the zoo ranch, and a total of 200 species have been identified over the years 1984-2005. The following are some of the highlights over the years.

Pacific Loon - seen once May 15, 2000
Cattle Egret - seen once in May of 1992
Great Egret - seen once May 27, 2001
Wood Duck - occasional male seen in past 6 years
Eurasian Wigeon - occasional male seen in past 10 years
Long-tailed Duck - seen once May 10, 1997
Red-breasted Merganser - seen once April 12, 1999
Snowy Owl - seen once in late 1984
Northern Hawk Owl - seen once late 1984
Long-eared Owl - seen once November 12, 2003
Loggerhead Shrike - nested here in 2004, only time seen
Townsend's Solitaire - seen once October 5, 2005
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow - nested here in 2003
Lazuli Bunting - seen once May 23, 1998
Evening Grosbeak - seen once late 1984
Pine Grosbeak - seen once late 1984

Dwight P. Knapik
Zoo Keeper
De Winton, Alberta

Photos by Allan Cole

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Sign at the entrance to the Calgary Zoo Ranch
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Willumsen Pond sign
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Bench overlooking Willumsen Pond
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Muskrat - diving
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Western Grebe
Willumsen Pond
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
BBQ Hill
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Ranch, BBQ Hill, Zoo Keeper's Residence
Across Willumsens Pond
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Animal Barns and Staging Area
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Animal Pens
Across Willumsen Pond
from BBQ Hill
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Animal and Crane Pens
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Crane Pens
Across Willumsen Pond
from BBQ Hill
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Whooping Crane & Sandhill Crane pens
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2002/06/22
Vancouver Island Marmot
Marmota vancouverensis
Endangered Species
Captive Breeding Program
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Vancouver Island Marmot
Marmota vancouverensis
Endangered Species
Captive Breeding Program
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Vancouver Island Marmot
Marmota vancouverensis
Endangered Species
Captive Breeding Program
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Vancouver Island Marmot
Marmota vancouverensis
Endangered Species
Captive Breeding Program
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Grevy's Zebra
Equus grevyi
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2001/12/08
Grevy's Zebra
Equus grevyi
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2001/12/08
Grevy's Zebra
Equus grevyi
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Grevy's Zebra
Equus grevyi
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Mountain Goats
Oreamnos americanus
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2001/12/08
Mountain Goats
Oreamnos americanus
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2001/12/08
Bighorn Sheep
Ovis canadensis
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2001/12/08
Bighorn Sheep
Ovis canadensis
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2001/12/08
Dall Sheep
Ovis dalli
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2001/12/08
Dall Sheep
Ovis dalli
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Woodland Caribou/Reindeer
Rangifer tarandus

Note: Velvet on horns

Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19

Woodland Caribou/Reindeer
Rangifer tarandus

Note: Velvet hanging from horns

Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19

Woodland Caribou/Reindeer
Rangifer tarandus
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Woodland Caribou/Reindeer
Rangifer tarandus
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Woodland Caribou/Reindeer
Rangifer tarandus
2 yr male
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Woodland Caribou/Reindeer
Rangifer tarandus
2 yr and juvenile males
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Dwight Knapik
Cutting Willow Brouse for the Caribou and Moose
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Woodland Caribou
Juvenile males
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Moose Pasture
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Moose - adult female
Alces alces
Named "Willow"
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2001/12/08
Moose - juvenile female
Alces alces
Willow's 1st calf
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2001/12/08
Moose - twin calves
Alces alces
Willow's 2nd calves
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2003/09/19
Moose - 2 yr male
Alces alces
Note - Old female Moose named Willow in back left.
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2005/10/09
Przewalski Horse
Equus ferus prezewalski
Devonian Wildlife Conservation Area
Calgary Zoo Ranch
De Winton, AB
2001/12/08
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