Birding Course

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Discover the Excitement of Spring Birding 2024!

April 01 – June 23, 2024 (12 weeks)

General Registration is now open!

We will visit different parks throughout the city of Calgary as we try to capture a glimpse of birds who live here year-round or who visit us during the Spring/Summer months!

About the Course Join us for an immersive experience designed for both novice birders and seasoned enthusiasts. Led by experienced and enthusiastic volunteers, this course offers a unique opportunity to explore the breathtaking diversity of bird species that thrive during the winter months.

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 Time (no sessions on Fridays)

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


 Course Fee

            • Friends of Fish Creek Members – $60/person
            • Non-Members – $100/person


Who Can Participate Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a wildlife photographer, or someone looking to delve into a new hobby, this course welcomes individuals of all skill levels and backgrounds.


Registration Limited spots available! Secure your place today by registering.

Member Registration


Non-Member Registration


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: Alan Knowles, Angela Krauss van Son, Annie Finch, Bernie Diebolt, Bob Byers, Bob Leonhardt, Brent Murphy, Carole Steeves, Colleen Rodgers, David Mitchell, Dermot Lane, Diane Stinson, Donna Franke, Doug Maxwell, Grace Sullivan, Jenn Meredith, Jennifer Solem, John Anderson, John Thompson, Leao Vermeylen, Liz Soria, Lorrie Anderson, Marco van Son, Melinda Bell, Mike Meredith, Peter Nielsen, Randy Plishka, Rob Brown, Rob Worona, Sandy Davis, Stephen Boucher, Stephen Phelps, Teresa Brown, Wlad Franco-Valias


Photo: Red-winged Blackbird, Fish Creek Provincial Park during the Birding course.

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