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Bird Study Group

2016 Calendar cover, by Kevin Stanwood


2016 Calendar Project (left image):    SOLD OUT!

About the Bird Study Group:

Nature Calgary’s Bird Study Group’s goal is to encourage birding in the Calgary area and beyond, 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. If you would like to be a BSG Advisory Group Member, check the Get Involved page or contact birdstudy@naturecalgary.com.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month (except June, July, August) with speakers, announcements, and quizzes, all specifically about birds – and a chance to meet other birders over coffee and cookies. See the Events page for details.

Bird Counts: The Bird Study Group also organizes the Christmas Bird Count in our region, and members participate in the May Species Counts. Watch for announcements on this page about these important count schedules.

For more Calgary-area birding information, check our Birding Locations and Birding Resources pages.

Contact: Chair of BSG, Andrew Hart, 403-279-5209 or birdstudy@naturecalgary.com

Mailing list: To add or change your email subscription to the Bird Study Group email notice, please  login here, then scroll down in your profile page to click on “Manage Subscription Options”.

Checklists to download:

Calgary area birds

Alberta Birds Migrant arrival dates

Alberta Birds arrival times chart

Bird Sightings in our area:



Ebird Canada – use Explore Data Menu.  No userid needed.

Alberta Birds (Facebook Group).

Birds ‘n’ Beers - informal get-togethers organized by Birds Calgary.

Next dates:  Feb 26, Mar 18, Apr 29 at the Royal Canadian Legion on Horton Rd SW.

Upcoming Bird Counts

  • 27 May 2016

    Milk River/Writing-on-Stone May Species Count

    Contact Bob Parsons at vintagebob2@gmail.com.  The count goes May 27-29.

    Reservations for Alberta Parks camping open Feb 22 9am.  Go to the Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca  website or call them at 1-877-537-2757.

  • 28 May 2016

    Calgary May Species Count

    The count goes May 28-29: Calgary birders have been out in force every May since 1979, contributing to a broad census of the constantly changing patterns of bird distributions in North America. Last year we found 212 species. The count circle is the same as previous years, extending from Olds to Nanton, and from Exshaw to Standard, and includes a variety of environments.

    We need birders of all levels of experience, from team leaders who will be responsible for reporting on each area, through intermediate levels to beginners. Beginners will be put into groups with experienced birders, so don’t worry! Many eyes and ears make a big difference to the numbers of birds detected. We may also limit the number of participants per count areas, to ensure that we have all areas (especially within the city) covered.

    We will be asking that reports be submitted via eBird or excel spreadsheet if possible as it helps to reduce error rate and facilitate reporting.

    Most of the areas involve driving, with some walking routes. Please sign up as early as possible. For sign-up or information, please contact Melanie Seneviratne at melaniesene@gmail.com, or 403-720-1976.