Deep blue still waters, lush green forests, clear blue skies, birds singing in harmony: it’s a bird watcher’s paradise! Over 230 species of birds make the Lac la Biche Region their home. Jennifer Okrainec, president of the Lac La Biche Birding Society and mother of two, made Lac la Biche her home 17 years ago. “I love being near all the lakes and having access to do a variety of things. Ice fishing, cross country skiing, boating, fishing, hiking, and camping are all within 20-40 minutes, depending on where you live. I grew up camping in the region for many years and I think I was naturally drawn to the area.”
The Lac La Biche Birding Society is a non-profit organization that aims to educate the community about local birds and the natural history of the Lac la Biche Region. “In this day and age, a lot of people are becoming less aware of their surroundings and the nature around them, becoming technologically focused. They call it ‘nature deficit disorder.’ Groups like the Lac La Biche Birding Society are important to bring people back to nature. We try to make the public aware that this is a special place to live in and we need to enjoy it,” Jennifer exclaims.
There is much to learn about the natural area. Sir Winston Churchill Park, for example, is one of the best sites in the region to find a variety of birds in their natural habitat. Jennifer’s personal favourite bird watching location is Touchwood Lake. She says she just enjoys being outdoors, “Bird watching is a hobby of mine and it becomes a new adventure every time.”