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 2019 Christmas bird count dates are:

Dec 14 Banff-Canmore
Dec 15 Calgary
Dec 15 Chestermere
Dec 17 High River
Dec 21 Horseshoe Canyon
Dec 27 Sheep River
Dec 29 Cochrane Wildlife Reserve
Jan 1 Fish Creek PP
Jan 4 The Snake’s Head (Sundre)
Jan 4 Bowkan Birders (Exshaw)
Jan 4 Priddis

Download the Nature News newsletter for leader contact information for the 2019 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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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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Speakers: Phil Cram and others Results of the 2019 Christmas Bird Counts

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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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“War between the subspecies?  The continued northern march of the southern subspecies of White crowned Sparrows in Alberta.” Speaker: Dr. Scott Lovell Over the past four years, I have examined song, plumage, and genetics of two subspecies of White-crowned Sparrows along the front range of the Rockies, from Waterton to just east of Jasper.  Preliminary data analyses suggests that the song of the southern subspecies has been moving northern at a very rapid rate over the past ~35 years, and…

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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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Speaker: Gavin McKinnon Throughout 2019, Gavin McKinnon traveled throughout Alberta looking for birds. His goal was to see 300 species within the province in one calendar year. Throughout the year he visited some very remote and birdy locations. Come to hear all the details about the birds and the places he saw during his "Big Year".

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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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Speakers; Joan & Wayne Walker Africa in Our Lens In the fall of 2018 Wayne and Joan spent five weeks travelling through Southern Africa, visiting the Moremi Game Reserve, Marakele, Chobe and Hwange National Parks, Victoria Falls, as well as beautiful Cape Town and Hermanus located in the deep south.  The focus on this presentation will be on our feathered friends, sharing photographs and some of the unique and fascinating ways these clever birds have adapted in order to thrive.  Come and experience “their" Africa,…

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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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Speaker: Melanie Whalen, Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society Melanie will focus on wildlife rehabilitation and the education and research programs at the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.  The talk will be tailored around bird medicine and research.  We are a community and emphasize the stewardship of the public and you can contribute to help Calgary Wildlife accomplish the goal of releasing injured/orphaned wildlife back to it's habitat to fulfill it's ecological niche.  

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