Bird Count Results

Short-eared Owl, Dec 2012, E of High River
© Lynne Colborne

Nature Calgary’s Bird Study Group coordinates bird species counts for the Christmas and May counts in the Calgary area. In cooperation with other birding associations in southern Alberta, we participate in counts from Bow Summit to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and also in Feederwatch.

See the upcoming species counts.


Christmas bird count results

Christmas bird counts (CBC) have taken place in the Calgary region since 1952, covering a circle 12.1 km in radius centred on the Louise Bridge (10th St NW) in Calgary.

Audobon Society – Searchable results for the Christmas bird count

Christmas bird count results
2013 – Presentation
2013 – Full data report
2013 – Routes map
2013 – Participants (record number of participants)
2011 – Presentation
2011 – Full data report


Red-Winged Blackbird – © Phil Smith

May species count results

May species counts (MSC) have taken place in our area since 1976, covering a circle 80 km in radius centred on the Centre Street bridge in Calgary. Counts for flowering plants are completed by our Botany Group.

Summary of results
2015 – Table of species by area
2014 – Summary
2014 – Table of species by area
2013 – Summary
2013 – Table of species by area
2012 – Summary

May species count cumulative data
Calgary – 1979 to 2017
Brooks/Lake Newell – 2011 to 2016
Milk River/Writing-on-Stone – 2011 to 2017
Milk River/Writing-on-Stone – 2001 to 2010