Encouraging the appreciation, observation, study, conservation and protection of all components of the natural world.

© Anne K. Elliott


Bird Study Group

Barred Owl © Anne K. Elliott


March 2015:  Bird Study Group Survey:  Your feedback and input is valuable to us. Please follow the link below to take a brief survey. When you respond to the survey questions please give us your personal thoughts, not what you think others may want.


2016 Calendar Project: 
This year Nature Calgary will be publishing a limited edition calendar for 2016, available in September 2015, in plenty of time for purchase as Christmas presents for all your friends and relatives!

The calendar subject will be “Birds of Calgary”.

We will feature thirteen bird photographs, with a wide variety of season-specific species, for the calendar.  We invite you to submit up to five of your favourite bird photographs, of birds that can be seen in the Calgary area.

Criteria for Picture Submissions:

  • Pictures should be 7″ x 5″ and 300 dpi, to allow for good reproduction
  • Submissions must include photographer name and bird identification
  • Bird species only (no kills, nesting birds, or other species in the picture)
  • Photographers must be members of Nature Calgary
  • Horizontal (“landscape”) format
  • No trademark or photographer names or watermarks on the picture (species and photographer copyright will be included in a caption below picture)

Submission Guidelines:

  • Please submit your photographs to BirdStudy@naturecalgary.com with subject line: 2016 Calendar Entry
  • Submission deadline is July 31, 2015

Pictures will be reviewed in August and up to two photographs may be included, per photographer.

Calgary May Species Count (Birds): May 30-31, 2015

The annual Calgary area May bird species count (MSC) will be held the weekend of May 30-31 this year. Calgary birders have been out in force every year since 1979, when our count began to take off. This is one of Calgary’s many contributions to a broad census of the constantly changing patterns of bird distributions in North America.

It is an opportunity for birders to bring their skills together, to find out what birds we have passing through in migration and beginning to nest locally. The count circle is large, extending from Olds to Nanton, and from Exshaw to Standard, and includes a variety of prairie, marsh, foothills, mountain and urban park environments. Last year we found 220 species.

We need birders with all levels of experience, from team leaders who will be responsible for reporting on each area, through intermediate levels to rank beginners. Many eyes and ears make a big difference to the numbers of birds detected. This year, many of the reports will be submitted into eBird, to facilitate reporting and help eBird too. Most of the areas will need to have someone with a vehicle, but there are some walking routes, and last year even a nice bicycle route along the Bow River pathway. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to participate in this major “citizen science” project. It is always easier to organize, if people express their interest as early as they are able to commit.

To sign up, or ask for more information, please contact Terry Poulton at:

tpoulton@yahoo.com or call 403 274 7393, after work hours.

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 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 you 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”.


Calgary area birds

Alberta Birds Migrant arrival dates

Alberta Birds arrival times chart

Upcoming Bird Counts