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 Andrew Hart (current chair of the Bird Study Group) at 403-279-5209 or

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 2018

Bird Study Group – September 2018

September 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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Battles & Bliss: Local Birding Tales A Photographic Adventure Avid nature lovers and photographers Marcy and Ray Stader discovered their love for birding through a series of unexpected events. Their presentation, “Battles and Bliss,” showcases some of their most memorable birding encounters in Alberta through photography and video and how it has led to a new passion that follows them to their home in Panama, where they migrate for the winters!

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October 2018

Bird Study Group – October 2018

October 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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Backyard birding presented by Ken Orich Born and raised in Lethbridge, Ken returned to live there after retiring in 2008 from the Alberta Government (Forest Service) where he had spent 35 years. Ken is an avid bird watcher, photographer, gardener, writer and wood-worker. He volunteers for the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and is a member of the River Bottom Writers group. Ken will talk about backyard birding and specifically how to design and maintain your yard to be a haven for wild birds.

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November 2018

Bird Study Group November 2018

November 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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Antarctic Adventure by Diane Stinson - Always interested in our natural world, Diane started birding in 2012, when she retired. Since then she and her husband, Rob, have been traveling extensively.

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December 2018

Bird Study Group December 2018

December 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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“Getting Down” with Calgary Area Birds A tour of Calgary area birds as seen through the lens of amateur nature photographer Tony LePrieur. Tony will share bird pictures captured over the past couple of years, providing IDs, locations and tips/stories around individual pictures.   About Tony Tony was introduced to photography by a friend while watching puffins in Newfoundland. He has been capturing wildlife memories in the Calgary area for the past 5 years. A self-described “Complete Amateur” especially on…

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Calgary Christmas Bird Count

December 16, 2018
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Following the count (from 5 pm on) all participants including Feederwatchers, are warmly invited by Cindy and Dan Parliament to compile results and have supper at 116 Vantage Bay NW (note change of venue from 2017). Cindy and Dan would be pleased to hear from anyone who can contribute any side dishes, salads, or desserts (403-247-4987). Please count mammals as well as birds. New participants wanting to join Feederwatch, please contact Barb Coote at barbcoote*@* New participants should contact a Route…

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January 2019

Bird Study Group January 2019

January 9 @ 7:30 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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Phil Cram and others will present the results of the Calgary and area Christmas Bird Counts. View map | Bird Study Group meetings are held at 7:30pm the first Wednesday of the month at Cardel Theatre (180 Quarry Park Boulevard SE), with the exception of January 2019, where the group will meet the 2nd Wednesday. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

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