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Birding 101 – Birding for Beginners (Friday Morning Walks)

May 3 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Description:

Are you curious about the birds you see in your neighborhood? Eager to learn more about our feathered friends and how to identify them? Join us for Birding 101, a comprehensive course designed for beginners and aspiring birders!

What to Expect:

Birding 101 consists of four engaging online classes and four exciting in-person sessions led by experienced birders. In the online classes, you’ll start from the basics, learning about essential equipment and techniques for birding. From there, we’ll delve into the fascinating world of bird identification, covering common species and helpful tips for spotting them.

Online Classes:

  1. Introduction to Birding Essentials: Learn about birding ethics, essential equipment and field guides.
  2. Bird Identification Basics: Learn about size, shape, field marks, and bills.
  3. Exploring Birding Behaviours: Explore the curious world of bird behaviours to help you become a better birder.
  4. Where to find birds: Dive deeper into location strategies to help you find more birds.

In-Person Sessions:

  1. Field Trip to Carburn Park: One of Calgary’s “birdiest” spots a great place to learn new skills.
  2. Field Trip to Dale Hodges Park: Wetlands are full of diverse bird life. Learn how to spot it.
  3. Field Trip to Inglewood Bird Sanctuary: Discover urban birding at its finest in this serene sanctuary.
  4. Field Trip to Griffith Woods Park: A more challenging environment that will put your birding skills to the test.

Who Should Attend:

This event is perfect for beginners, curious bird enthusiasts, and anyone eager to improve their birding skills. Whether you’re new to birding or looking to enhance your knowledge, Birding 101 offers something for everyone.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with nature, learn about Calgary’s birding hotspots, and discover the joy of birding. Reserve your spot today and embark on a thrilling avian adventure!

Important Note:

Spaces for in-person sessions are limited, so be sure to secure your spot early. Participants must bring their own binoculars for the in-person sessions.

Event Details:

  • Dates: Online Classes: April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, In-Person Sessions: May 3, May 10, May 17, May 31
  • Time: Online Classes:7-8:30pm, In-Person Sessions: 9 – 11:30am
  • Location: Online (Zoom) for online classes; Various Calgary Parks for in-person sessions


We strive to make our event accessible, regardless of age or ability.

  • The pathways are generally flat. Some pathways are unpaved but they are well compacted.
  • Nature Calgary has taken measures to accommodate those with sight or hearing impairments
  • Guides are knowledgeable about bird calls to assist those with sight impairments
  • Sight cues will be available for those with hearing impairments
  • Dogs are not allowed at the event unless medically necessary. This helps ensure the safety and comfort of the wildlife
  • The event is LGBTQ+ friendly, welcoming people of all orientations and identities.

We look forward to birding with you!


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