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, by 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”

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:

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