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Bird Study Group

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

Regional Xmas Bird Count Dates 2016-17 Place Contact Email
Fri Dec 16 Crowsnest Merilyn 403-563-7545
Sat Dec 17 Banff/ Canmore Heather Dempsey
Sun Dec 18 Calgary.  Details incl supper Phil Cram
Tues Dec 20 High River Greg Wagner
Friday Dec 23 Horseshoe Canyon Michael Harrison
Tues Dec 27 Cochrane Frank Hennessey
Tues Dec 27 Sheep River (Turner Valley) Doug Collister
Thurs Dec 29 Cochrane Wildlife Reserve Jamey Podlubny
Fri Dec 30 Nanton Mike Truch
Sun Jan 1 /17 Fish Creek Jim Washbrook
Mon Jan 2 /17 Dinosaur Provincial Park Yousif Attia
Wed Jan 4 /17 The Snake’s Head (Sundre) Doug Collister
Sun Jan 7 /17 BowKan / Exshaw Birders Cliff Hansen

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).

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:   Dec 9, 2016  at the Royal Canadian Legion on Horton Rd SW.  (Nov 18 B+B cancelled).