A new important bird area has been established south-west of Riding Mountain National Park near St. Lazare.

The Ellice-Archie and Spy Hill Community Pastures are important because of the threatened bird species that depend on these grasslands.

The two birds are called Chestnut-collared Longspur and Sprague’s Pipit.

The two species need grasslands for breeding and the area provides the greatest density in Manitoba.

The area is an actively managed pasture, so you need to contact the pasture manager if you would like to visit.

The pasture manager’s phone number is 204-722-2062.