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.
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 and May bird counts in our region. Watch for announcements on this page about these important count schedules.
For Calgary-area birding information, check our Birding Locations and Birding Resources pages.
Contact: Chair of BSG, Andrew Hart, 403-279-5209 or email@example.com
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14 Dec 2013
Banff/Canmore Christmas Bird Count
Contact: Mike McIvor, 1-403-762-4160
15 Dec 2013
Calgary Christmas Bird Count and Feederwatch 2013
Counts are all day (except for Fish Creek), but you may leave early. Everyone, regardless of skill level, is invited to participate. Please count mammals in addition to birds.
Compilers request that participants register as soon as possibleto facilitate planning and to avoid anyone going out if a count is postponed due to inclement weather. If you participated last year, you have been sent an email with details, and you should contact your Team Leader or Route Coordinator to confirm this year’s participation. Compiler is Phil Cram, 403-228-4142 or
New participants are warmly welcomed and should contact the Route Coordinator for the part of the Calgary that you’d like to count in:
North: John McFaul (403) 289-9517 or
East: Terry Korolyk (403) 254-1878 or
West: Jim Washbrook (403)282-8849 or
South: Dan Arndt (403) 836-7405 or
New participants wanting to join Feederwatch, please contact Donna Wieckowski at (403) 276-7799 or
Wind–up dinner: Cindy and Dan Parliament have graciously stepped forward and will be welcoming count participants to their home for the traditional chili dinner and Christmas cheer. Cindy and Dan live at 116 Vantage Bay NW, Calgary AB T3A 1X8, (403) 247-4987 or . They would be pleased to hear from anyone who can contribute any side dishes, salads, cookies etc. as folks have done in the past.
We have decided to dispense with a fixed charge for the dinner and will instead be accepting voluntary donations to cover the cost of the dinner, as well as making a contribution to Nature Calgary and Bird Studies Canada. (Recall that Bird Studies Canada no longer collects a $5 participation fee for the count.) Here’s how it will work: Before the dinner, please send a cheque to Nature Calgary, P.O. Box 981, Station M, Calgary AB T2P 2K4. Mark on the cheque that it is a donation for the Christmas Bird Count. Donations over $20 will receive an official CRA tax receipt. If you do not have an opportunity to make a donation before the dinner, you can do so on the evening. You may also make a donation online, but please email to inform him that you have made a Christmas Bird Count donation.
17 Dec 2013
High River Christmas Bird Count
Contact Greg Wagner, 403-333-1200
23 Dec 2013
Horseshoe Canyon Christmas Bird Count
Contact Mike Harrison 403-236-4700
27 Dec 2013
Cochrane Canyon Christmas Bird Count
Contact Frank Hennessey 403-932-4986