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Fall Birding Course

General Registration is Now Open!

September 4 – November 26, 2023 (12 week program)

Get ready to explore the world of birds this fall with our birding course. Fall is a fantastic time for birding because many birds are on the move, migrating to warmer places. Enjoy a front-row seat to watch different types of birds as they travel through our area. During the course, you will learn to identify birds by looking at their colours, listening for their sounds, and observing their behaviour. Experienced guides will take you on field trips to the best birding spots, where you can practice what you have learned. If you are interested in birds and want to understand more about why they migrate and their role in nature, this course is perfect for you. Join us and get ready to discover the fascinating world of birds in the beautiful backdrop of the fall season.

This 12-week course runs every day of the week (except on Fridays), with each session being approximately 3 hours. The course is offered at a discounted rate to Friends of Fish Creek members:

Start times (no sessions on Fridays):

      • Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am (Changed from 9:15 in the previous years)
      • Saturdays: 9:00 am
      • Sundays: 9:00 am and 1:15 pm General Registration is open on Thursday, August 17


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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 will 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, 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 Kimber, John Thompson, Lara Fitzpatrick, Leao Vermeylen, Liz Soria, Lorrie Anderson, Marco van Son, Martin Jalkotzy, Melinda Bell, Micheline Deschênes, Mike Meredith, Neil Denton, Nicole Kaufmann, Paul Rydl, Randy Plishka, Renee Beaton, Peter Nielsen, Rick Miller, Rob Brown, Rob Worona, Sandy Davis, Stephen Boucher, Stephen Phelps, Teresa Brown, Thomas Sullivan, 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

    Photo: Wood Duck and Pileated Woodpecker, Fish Creek Park during the 2023 Spring Birding course.