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In the spring, Hope is a resting spot for birds as they migrate north through the Cascade Mountain Range from the United States. Thacker Marsh and the Hope Airport are two popular birdwatching hotspots. At the airport you’ll hear a symphony of bird songs and spot birds like Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, Pine Siskins, Warblers, Goldfinch, Robins, and Chickadees, to name a few. Thacker Marsh is home to riparian species such as Great Blue Herons, Red-winged Blackbirds, American Dippers, Canada Geese, and Belted Kingfishers. Southeast of Hope, there are countless bird watching opportunities in the 200,000-acre Manning Provincial Park. Four fantastic areas for bird viewing are: Strawberry Flats (Rufous and Calliope Hummingbirds, Boreal Chickadees); Beaver Pond (Spotted Sandpipers, Woodpeckers, Swallows); Mount Frosty (Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadees, White-Tailed Ptarmigan); and East Gate (Harlequin Ducks, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush).