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

© Anne K. Elliott


Mountain Bluebird © Stephen Spring

Birding Locations: Nature Calgary’s maps and routes for good places to find birds.






Articles and Presentations from the Bird Study Group

Birding off the Beaten Track: Water Valley Area – Brian Elder, May 2014 (NOTE: very large file, will take 60-90 seconds to download).

Birding the Grasslands for Passerines and Birding the Grasslands for Non-Passerines – Birding information for species of the grasslands of southern Alberta, by C. Eric Tull, 2008

Empidonax Flycatchers – by Dr. Scott Lovell, 2013

Woodpeckers as a keystone species – by Grant Brydle, 2008

Owl Nesting Sites – by Grant Brydle, 2011

Boyle and Martin 2015 – Dr Kathy Martin’s paper, basis for her talk in Feb 2016 on “The Conservation Value of High Elevation Habitats to North American Birds”

Rare & Notable Birds – Alberta – Part 1 and Part 2 – James Fox and Michael Seven, 2017


Discussion forums for sightings and Rare Bird Alerts (Calgary area Rare Bird Alert phone 403-254-1878)


BirdTrax  Recent sightings in our area, logged in eBird



Alberta Birds (Facebook Group)


Birding Blogs

Birds Calgary blog - collaboration of three avid Calgary birders. Articles, stunning photos, outing reports.

A Calgary Birder blog – reflections, photos and birding location maps.

Akayokaki – Ryan Heavy Head in Blackfoot Territory.

Grass Notes – Trevor Herriott’s grasslands birds articles.

Bird Canada – lots of local contributors and links


Other Birding Links

Female Bird Song – researchers from the USA and the Netherlands are documenting female bird songs.


BirdSafe by Flap Canada – how and why to keep birds safe from daytime and nighttime bird-building collision threats, for your home and for your workplace.

Swainson’s Hawk © Stephen Spring

Official List of the Birds of Alberta – also includes reports of the Alberta Bird Record Committee.

Rocky Mountain Eagle Research Foundation – monitors the raptor migration along the Eastern Slopes.

Calgary Bird Banding Society – migration monitoring and more.

Bird Studies Canada – citizen science to promote the understanding and conservation of wild birds.

Important Bird Areas of Canada – a science-based initiative to identify, conserve, and monitor a network of sites that provide essential habitat for Canada’s bird populations.

eBird Canada  a real-time, online checklist program, eBird was launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society.

2012 State of Canada’s Birds report – a comprehensive report on the abundance and declines of species in Canada.

2014 State of USA Birds report – one hundred years after the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, a report on the abundance of species in the U.S.A.

2014 Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change report – the threat to North American bird species from climate change. Shrinking and shifting habitats could imperil nearly half of US bird species in this century.

2010 Nature Calgary Birding Competition – 262 species were seen within Calgary city limits in 2010 by the participants.

Pre-2012 Nature Calgary Bird Study Group website – please contact