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Birdwatching courses

Birding programs

There’s nothing better than the feeling of discovery! That’s the feeling you’ll be left with after participating in one of our birdwatching courses. From learning how to identify the over 270 species of birds that call Calgary home to perhaps discovering a new species that’s here for a visit, our beginner birding courses will set you on the path to finding a new hobby or appreciation for the outdoors.

Spring Migrants

They’re bacccccckkkkkk! Spring is an excellent time to observe birds in their breeding plumage, and view mating and nesting behaviours unique to this season. An experienced birder will guide the group through Confederation Park, providing information on migration, Calgary’s unique habitat, bird breeding and nesting periods and identification tips. This course takes place outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Date: May 26, 2018
Location: Confederation Park
Course #: 18746
Register: live and play

Birds of Summer

Come explore local parks with an expert birder and learn about the incredible feathered friends that inhabit our parks and green spaces. Special Protection Natural Areas offer unique habitat and resources for birds and offer a very high species diversity relative to other urban areas. Learn why Calgary is a haven for nesting migrants and how to attract bird species to your own backyard. This course takes place outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Date: June 23, 2018
Location: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Course #: 18766
Register: live and play

Date: July 21, 2018
Location: Weaselhead Natural Area
Course #: 18773
Register: live and play - registration opens in May

Bird Anatomy and Plumage

How are birds able to maintain flight at high altitudes? How do birds know where to migrate? Why do two birds of the same species look so dissimilar? Find out the answers to these questions and more with help from an expert birder at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. This course combines class and field time. Please dress for the weather.

Date: August 18, 2018
Location: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Course #: 18820
Register: live and play - registration opens in May