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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Past Events › Birding

February 2019

Bird Study Group February 2019

February 6 @ 7:30 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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Alberta 2018 – An Alberta Big Year Presented by Howard Heffler Howard Heffler is a chemical engineer who spent most of his career in Calgary as an environmental manager in the petroleum industry. He and his wife, Lyn, have always participated in outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and paddling. Over the past twenty years, birding has grown to become a primary interest. During 2018, Howard, with the support of Lyn and friends, focused all of his birding efforts in…

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March 2019

Bird Study Group March 2019

March 6 @ 7:30 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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Birding in Sri Lanka Presented by John Bargman and Ena Spalding John Bargman and Ena Spalding visited Sri Lanka in March 2018 for two weeks, including 10 days birding in various habitats in central and southern regions of the country with a local bird guide. This presentation features their photographs and information on Sri Lanka’s birds and bird habitats, and how they saw 33 of the 34 endemic species. John and Ena have been watching birds for most of their…

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April 2019

Bird Study Group April 2019

April 3 @ 7:30 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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Tadoussac - an alternate to Pt Pelee? Presented by Anne Belton Last May 28th 6 birders counted over 700,000 warblers passing through Tadoussac! Until now Tadoussac has been a relatively unknown destination for birders. Anne will speak briefly about the real tourist attraction in Tadoussac - whales, and then look at bird migration both in spring and fall. Tadoussac is said to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world, it may soon become the hottest spot for…

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May 2019

Bird Study Group – May 2019

May 1 @ 7:30 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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California Birding for Albertans Presented by Caroline Lambert Caroline started her birding life in California and birded there for six years before moving back to Alberta. In this talk she will give an overview of similarities and differences between birds in Alberta and California, including a description of the different bird habitats and birding hotspots found there. She will also discuss differences between being a birder in California and Alberta. Caroline is an enthusiastic birder who travels across the US…

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Brooks-Lake Newell Species Count 2019

May 17 - May 19
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Ducks Unlimited and Trans Canada Pipelines are proud to sponsor the 21stannual Brooks May species count. Lake Newell, Brooks and the surrounding area is known for its diverse prairie grassland plant life, irrigated farmlands and many (183) species of birds. Download the brochure.

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Milk River Writing-On-Stone Species Count 2019

May 24 - May 26
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Grasslands, coulee’s and riparian areas meet in Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, creating a great diversity of habitats for wildlife. At least 13 species of fish, 4 species of amphibians, 3 species of reptiles, 30 species of mammals and more than 160 species of birds have been recorded within the park. Download the brochure.

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June 2019

NEW – Bird Douglasbank Park

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Eaglequest Golf Driving Range, 45 Douglasbank Way SE
Calgary, Alberta T2Z 1W7 Canada
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Explore the area along the Bow River north of Mallard Point, from the Sue Higgins Bridge to Deerfoot Trail. Meet at the Eaglequest Golf Driving Range on Douglas Range Road SE. From Deerfoot Trail, go south on Douglasdale Blvd, then take the first right onto Douglasbank Drive. Drive 600 metres and take a left onto Douglas Range Road SE. Leader, Bob Lefebvre, 403-370-0556.

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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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