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27 May 2017 All Day

Calgary May Species Count - May 27 & 28

Since 1979, Calgary birders have contributed to a broad census of the ever-changing patterns of bird distributions in North America. Last year recorded 225 species. This year’s count circle extends from Olds to Nanton and from Exshaw to Standard (see map, below), and includes a variety of environments.

Birders of all levels of experience are welcome, from beginners to team leaders responsible for reporting, as many eyes and ears make a big difference to the numbers of birds detected. Beginners will be included in groups with experienced birders. Participants may be limited per count areas to ensure coverage across areas, especially within the city.

Reports will be submitted via eBird or Excel spreadsheet to reduce error rate and facilitate reporting.

Most areas involve driving, with a limited number of walking routes. Please sign up as early as possible. For sign-up information, please contact Melanie Seneviratne at melaniesene*@*gmail.com, or 403-815-1275.

The Count Circle. The numbers indicate the territories to which birders or teams of birders are assigned. (Source: www.birdscalgary.com)

 

27 May 2017 8:30 am

Bird North Glenmore Park

Bird North Glenmore Park. Meet in parking lot C just West of Rowing Club, accessed from S end of Crowchild Tr SW. Leader Penny Smith, 403 249-5997

1 Jun 2017 6:40 am

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey

Monthly Elbow River Birding Survey. Meet at Stanley Park, 42 Ave. SW, just W of Macleod Trail. Walk to Glenmore Reservoir, ride back (3.5 hours). Call leader Gus Yaki to ensure vehicle space for return. Leader Gus Yaki, 403-243-2248.

3 Jun 2017 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Bird Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Register in advance by email (or phone) – contact Grant Brydlejamesbrydle@shaw.ca (or 403-720-4957).  Will meet at the parking lot, south end of 160th St., 1.6 km south of Hwy. 22X.  $2 required for sign-in.  Bring backpack with water, snacks, binoculars, camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, bug spray and rain gear.

4 Jun 2017 5:30 am - 5:00 pm

Calgary Region Big Week Kick-off

Registration required. All-day trip (into the late afternoon or early evening).  Part of the Nature Calgary big week with a target of  finding 175+ species in the Calgary 80-km circle. This trip will focus on the Water Valley region.  Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, insect repellent. We will be car-pooling from the Crowfoot LRT station, and could arrange for some participants to meet in Cochrane if needed. Leaders , Bob Lefebvre, Andrew Hart, Rose Painter.  Please call Bob Lefebvre, 403-370-0556 to register.

4 Jun 2017 8:00 am

Calgary Big Week - June 4-10

Times will vary. Registration required.

There will be a series of outings.  The aim is to see a total of 175 species of birds during the week.  Participants can join as many or as few of the outings as they wish.  Registration is required for the first and last outings as carpooling will be required and spaces will be limited.  Leaders Bob Lefebvre, Andrew Hart, Rose Painter.

Contact Andrew Hart, 403-279-5209 or Bob Lefebvre, 403-370-0556 for additional details

6 Jun 2017 6:30 pm

Calgary Region Big Week - Tuesday Evening

Tuesday Evening Bird Walk. Weaselhead Natural Area, meet in parking lot, 37th St & 66 Av SW. Part of the Nature Calgary big week with a target of  to find 175+ species in the Calgary 80-km circle.  Leaders , Bob Lefebvre, Andrew Hart, Rose Painter.  Contact Andrew Hart, 403-279-5209.

7 Jun 2017 8:30 am

Elbow Falls & Forget-me-not Pond

Elbow Falls, followed by Forget-me-not Pond. The pond is located near the entrance to Little Elbow Recreation Area and affords some of the most spectacular scenery in Kananaskis Country. An easy nature walk for families, photographers, and folks who enjoy the flora and fauna of Kananaskis country.  Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, etc.

Meet at Fish Creek Library, 11161 Bonaventure Drive S.E. (South Centre).  Dorothy/Stephen Spring, e-mail:  dkrspring@shaw.ca.  Res: 403-238-0859  Cell: 403- 519-2266.

DIRECTIONS FROM THE LIBRARY: turn West onto Anderson Road and quickly move over to the far left lane as a left hand turn needs to be made at the lights onto Macleod Trail South.  Proceed South on Macleod Trail until you reach the turn-off to 22X West which will be a right hand turn. Continue West past Spruce Meadows on Hwy 22X until you reach the Elbow Falls Trail parking lot. This will be a left hand turn into the parking lot of Elbow Falls.  After leaving Elbow Falls turn left onto main road (Hwy 66) and continue West until Forget-me-Not pond is reached at the end of the paved road. It will be a left hand turn into the parking lot.  Library to Pond is 74 km.

7 Jun 2017 6:30 pm

Calgary Region Big Week - Wednesday Evening

Twitch ‘n’ Tour. Evening outing to a variety of locations within the Calgary Count Circle (80-km radius) to look for rare or uncommon birds. Part of the Nature Calgary big week with a target of  finding 175+ species in the Calgary 80-km circle. Meet at Carburn Park.  Take Glenmore Tr and go S at 18 St SE to second stoplight, then right & follow signs to Carburn Park. Meet in parking lot to carpool.  Call for information or to suggest target species. Leaders , Bob Lefebvre, Andrew Hart, Rose Painter.  Contact Andrew Hart, 403-279-5209.

8 Jun 2017 8:30 am

Calgary Region Big Week - Thursday Morning

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. Meet in the parking lot. The Sanctuary is located at 2425 – 9 Av SE. From Deerfoot Tr, take Blackfoot Tr westbound to exit to 19 St SE, turn left onto 9 Av SE and drive 1km east. Turn right in the parking area.  Part of the Nature Calgary big week with a target of  finding 175+ species in the Calgary 80-km circle.  Leaders , Bob Lefebvre, Andrew Hart, Rose Painter.  Contact Andrew Hart, 403-279-5209.

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