Bird Study Group Meetings

Monthly presentations, announcements and quizzes

Bird Study Group meetings feature speakers, announcements, and quizzes on birding topics. The meetings are held once a month from September through May in the Cardel Theatre in Quarry Park. Come, listen, and meet other birders! To suggest a speaker or topic please contact us. The Bird Study Group is free for Nature Calgary members and $5 for non-members (payable at the door).

 

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March 2019

Bird Study Group March 2019

March 6, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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September 2019

Bird Study Group – September 2019

September 11, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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December 2019

Bird Study Group – December 2019

December 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd SE
Calgary, Alberta T2C 3G3 Canada
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"Birds, Bats and Buildings: Navigating the Concrete Jungle" Speakers: Kathleen Johnson & Dr. Scott Lovell Two of the Co-Founders of Calgary Migratory Species Response Team (CMSRT) will introduce their new citizen science group in Calgary.  The objective of CMSRT is to determine whether or not a high number of birds and bats are striking Calgary's downtown windows or structures during Spring and Fall migration.  During our presentation, we will introduce how we came to be where we are today, what we…

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January 2020

Bird Study Group – January 2020

January 8 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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