Birding

Nature Calgary has a long history of exploring, counting and appreciating the many species of birds in the Calgary area. In fact, Nature Calgary evolved from the Calgary Bird Club, which was established in 1955. Today Nature Calgary organizes events, field trips, presentations and bird counts to continue this tradition. If you are new to birding or a seasoned veteran, join Nature Calgary to learn from fellow birders and explore birds throughout the Calgary region.

 

Nature Calgary Bird Study Group

The Bird Study Group encourages birding in the Calgary area by helping local birders develop their knowledge and skills. Our members are active local birders of all skill levels who are keen to share their knowledge and experiences.

Meetings: The Bird Study Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month (except in June, July and August) with speakers, announcements, quizzes and information about birds. Join us to learn and share in the community of fellow birders. See all upcoming Bird Study Group meetings. The Bird Study Group meetings are free for Nature Calgary members and $5 for non-members (payable at the door).

Contact the Bird Study Group: Send any messages to the Bird Study Group chair at birdstudy@naturecalgary.com.

Mailing list: Nature Calgary members can sign up for the Bird Study Group newsletter to receive the latest updates on meetings, events and birding resources. Subscribe to the newsletter by updating your subscription option by logging into your membership account.  

 

Bird Counts

The Bird Study Group organizes an annual Christmas Bird Count in the Calgary region and Nature Calgary members participate in the May Species Counts.

Upcoming bird counts: The 2018 Christmas bird count dates are:

Sat Dec 15 Banff-Canmore
Sun Dec 16 Calgary
Tue Dec 18 High River
Sat Dec 22 Horseshoe Canyon
Sat Dec 22 Priddis
Thu Dec 27 Sheep River
Sat Dec 29 Cochrane Wildlife Reserve
Tue Jan 1 (AM) Fish Creek PP
Thu Jan 3 The Snake’s Head (Sundre)
Sat Jan 5 Bowkan Birders (Exshaw)

Download the leader contact information for the 2018 Christmas Bird Counts.

More future upcoming bird counts are listed in the events calendar.

Bird count results: We collect and present the bird count results from the Christmas and May species counts. See all results from the species counts since 1979.  

 

Birding resources

Nature Calgary volunteers collect and share the latest in bird information, research and news. Visit our birding resources page for the complete listing of resources.

 

Upcoming birding events

Here are the upcoming Bird Study Group meetings and species counts. See the events calendar for all Nature Calgary events.

 

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September 2019

Bird Study Group – September 2019

September 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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In Search of the Picathartes Speaker Mark Rubensohn Mark was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and Ghana on a bird watching trip in November 2018. He will share his travels through the highlands (above 4,000m) of Ethiopia, descending into the Great Rift Valley and into the tropical rain forests of Ghana. He will include photographs of some of the fabulous, exotic and often rare species that he encountered. One highlight of the trip was finding the…

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October 2019

Bird Study Group – October 2019

October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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Smaller and Lighter Camera Alternatives Speaker: Jeff Yee, The Camera Store We will have a look at the most current technologies that are creating new classifications of cameras. These new cameras are smaller and lighter, while creating high quality images of the larger DSLR cameras. We will look at samples of compact point and shoot cameras with large zoom lenses, and APS-C or full frame sensor size compact camera systems (mirrorless). I will be showing you ways to down size and lighten your load…

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November 2019

Bird Study Group – November 2019

November 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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Speaker Myrna Pearman Myrna Pearman will give an update on Ellis Bird Farm, including new site, education and research projects. She will talk about the tracking of Purple Martins and Mountain Bluebirds, where they go in the winter, how many return each year and how the data collected is used for research. She will also touch on the devastating loss this year due to weather and how climate change may be affecting the migration of these birds. She will share…

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December 2019

Bird Study Group – December 2019

December 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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January 2020

Bird Study Group – January 2020

January 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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February 2020

Bird Study Group – February 2020

February 5, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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March 2020

Bird Study Group – March 2020

March 4, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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April 2020

Bird Study Group – April 2020

April 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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May 2020

Bird Study Group – May 2020

May 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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