Shell Buffalo Hills Conservation Ranch is a is a fully operational cattle ranch that includes 4,130 acres of pristine, native grasslands, as well as an additional 1,769 acres of tame hay lands. In total, this area represents nearly 6,000 acres for breeding, migration and wintering of 159 bird species that use both native prairie and the boreal forest of Alberta.
This is one of the last remaining tracts of native prairie grassland located within an area of intensive grain production. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is focused on retaining the existing native prairie and small wetland habitat, which includes approximately 800 basins.
The Shell Buffalo Hills Conservation Ranch will truly become a legacy of the important work DUC does for wetlands and waterfowl in Canada and across the continent. It is open for public enjoyment including hiking, birding and hunting. The purchase was made possible with the financial support of Shell Canada.