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

© Anne K. Elliott


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

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”.

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.  The results are summarized on our Bird Count Results page.

Christmas 2017 bird count dates

Tues Dec 19 High River
Sat Dec 16 Banff/ Canmore
Sun Dec 17 Calgary
Sat Dec 23 Horseshoe Canyon
N/A Cochrane
Fri Dec 29 Cochrane Wildlife Reserve
Wed Dec 27 Sheep River (Turner Valley)
Mon Jan 1 Fish Creek
Sat Jan 6 BowKan / Exshaw Birders
Wed Jan 3 The Snake’s Head (Sundre)
N/A Nanton
TBA Dinosaur Provincial Park

Birding Resources

See all the birding resources on the Birding Resources page.

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).

Calgary Bird Alert phone:  403-300-1067 (as of Sep 2016). Updated on Monday and Tuesday.

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

Next dates:

*WARNING* – all birders visiting the southeast of the province must remain compliant with the federal emergency order for the Sage Grouse. Among other things, the Order contains the provision that A person must not operate a facility, motor vehicle or machine that produces a noise that exceeds 45 dB(A) at any given time between 1.5 hours before sunset to 1.5 hours after sunrise during the period beginning on April 1 and ending on May 30 of any given year” on identified federal and provincial lands.  The following map depicts areas affected by the emergency order:

Areas affected by sage grouse emergency order. See emergency order (link above) for specific quarter sections affected. Source: https://www.registrelep-sararegistry.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=B3B27B60-1