Birding Course

Spring Birding Course Starts March 28

12 Week Course Starts Monday, March 28, 2016

Increase Your Knowledge of Fascinating Bird Species as they Return from their Wintering Grounds and see them in their Local Habitats!

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert, this course will help you to identify the newly arriving migrant birds, and allow you to become familiar with the valuable bird habitat near you. The course will take place outdoors (2.5 – 3 hours) within Fish Creek Provincial Park, where you will see birds in varied habitats, from the spruce forest of Shannon Terrace in the west to the open waters of the Bow River in the east – as well as other natural areas within Calgary. As a fundraiser for the Friends of Fish Creek, these courses will once again be conducted by volunteer instructor and lifelong naturalist Gus Yaki – and other knowledgeable and experienced volunteer instructors.

Each outing is approx. 2.5 hours. Start times Monday – Thursday: 9:15am

Saturdays: 9:00am, Sundays: 7:30am, 9:00am or 1:15pm Choose to come 1 or 2 days / week

Each week the Instructor will email the students for that week’s meeting location.

Thank you to Gus and the other Birding Course instructors, including John and Lorrie Anderson, Dan Arndt, George Best, Kingsley Blades, Rob and Theresa Brown, Ken Burton, Trevor Churchill, Bernie Diebolt, Dan Edwards, Kris Fernet, Janet Gill, Barry Hertz, Peter Hoyer, Bob Lefebvre, David Mitchell, Joanne Nemeth, Ron Ostrander, Rose Painter, Ralph Parks, Aileen Pelzer, David Pugh, Stephen and Dorothy Spring, John Stegeman, Carole Steeves, Diane Stinson, Marian Swatschina, Dave and Martha Taylor, Tony Timmons, Paul Turbitt, David Vernon, Wayne and Joan Walker and Rob Worona.

 Mountain bluebird, photo courtesy of Paul Turbitt

Fee: Once a week outing, Friends of Fish Creek Members: $60.00, Non-members: $100.00. 

Twice a week outings, Friends of Fish Creek Members: $100.00, Non-members: $150.00

Youth 16 years of age or younger with registered adult: $5.00

 All courses are conducted outdoors. 

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Each week the Instructor will email the students for that week’s meeting location.



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7) Our office is located at the Cookhouse at the Bow Valley Ranch, in Fish Creek Provincial Park (south end of Bow Bottom Tr. SE) Open 9 am – 5pm, Mon- Fri. Please call before coming down, 403-238-3841

8) Mailing address is:

Friends of Fish Creek

ATTN: Birding

PO Box 2780

Calgary, AB T2P 2M7

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