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Winter Birding Course

Registration Now Open!

January 9 – April 2, 2023 (12 week program)

Winter is one of the best seasons for getting outside to learn about birds and other wildlife. Brave the cooler weather and explore the fascinating world of birds in Fish Creek Provincial Park. The 12-week Winter Birding Course is perfect for anyone who wants to see and learn about birds in their natural habitat, and it provides an amazing opportunity for families to get together and experience nature here in Fish Creek. Our exceptional team of skilled volunteer leaders will guide the way, helping to find and identify the many bird species we hope you will see, and sharing their wealth of knowledge with you!

This 12-week course runs every day of the week (except on Fridays), with each session being approximately 2.75 hours.

Start times (no sessions on Fridays):

  • Monday to Thursday: 9:15 am
  • Saturdays: 9:00 am
  • Sundays: 9:00 am and 1:15 pm

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Course Fee:

When you register, you will be able to select your preferred day of the week, however, there are only a certain number of tickets available for each day. If there are no tickets available for your preferred day, please either register for an alternate date or go on our waitlist by choosing the ticket “My preferred day is sold out” (after which you’ll be given the opportunity to indicate your preferred day, later in the registration process). If you are on the waitlist and we have a space for you, we will be in touch.

If you would like to sign up for an additional day each week, you can do so by registering for your preferred date, then also registering for the “Additional Day” ticket (i.e., you will be purchasing one regular ticket and one add-on). You will be able to indicate your preferred additional day later in the registration process.

You can register multiple people at one time, however, please be sure to have their full name, email address, and emergency contact information on hand, as you will be required to enter this information as part of your registration.

We thank you for your interest and support! By taking part in this course, not only will you experience a unique opportunity to engage with nature and the outdoors, but you will also be supporting the Friends’ ongoing education and environmental stewardship initiatives in Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Thank you to David Mitchell and the team of knowledgeable and skilled birding Leaders he has assembled: Angela Krauss van Son, Anne Auclair Moe, Bernie Diebolt, Bob Byers, Bob Leonhardt, Brent Murphy, Carole Steeves, Cathy Cush, Colleen Rodgers, Dermot Lane, Diane Stinson, Dianne Leonhardt, Donna Franke, Doug Maxwell, Grace Sullivan, Jenn Meredith, Jennifer Solem, John Anderson, John Thompson, Lara Fitzpatrick, Leao Vermeylen, Liz Soria, Lorrie Anderson, Marco van Son, Melinda Bell, Micheline Deschênes, Mike Meredith, Paul Rydl, Randy Plishka, Renee Beaton, Rob Brown, Rob Worona, Sandy Davis, Stephen Phelps, Teresa Brown, Thomas Sullivan, Trevor Churchill, Wlad Franco-Valias

Check out the following links in case you’d like to do a bit of birding on your own!

Fish Creek Provincial Park Notes

Bird Checklist

Enjoy watching, listening for, and learning about birds, but please do not feed the birds in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Read more

Photos: Townsend’s Solitaire, Carburn Park, January 11, 2022, during a 2022 Winter Birding outing.
Redheads (the one with a darker head is a Redhead/Lesser Scaup hybrid), Carburn Park, January 11, 2022, during a 2022 Winter Birding outing.