Birdwatching in Alberta

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  R Moorthy Calgary Anytime English
  Birding since 2013. Know some good spots in and around Calgary, Alberta. Feel free to message me for some tips. Not an expert in Birding but has taken Birding courses from Calgary's Friends of Fish Creek. I work from home so its easy to take time out but my business clients first. Apologies if I am unable to meet your requested time. Area:
Hotspots: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary , Weaselhead Flats , Carburn Park , Fish Creek Park , Frank lake ( Seasonal )

Area Birds:

Nature: birdwatching, hiking,
Travel: car, long walk,
Visit: tourist site, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean,
Attend: concert


  C Lambert Canmore Anytime English
  I am an avid birder and bird photographer, and go out birding frequently. I enjoy showing visitors the specialties of the region. Canmore is located just outside Banff National Park at the edge of the Canadian Rockies, about an hour west of Calgary.

Some of the local specialties are Boreal Chickadee, Clark's Nutcracker, Gray Jay, American Three-toed Woodpecker, White-winged Crossbill to name a few. The prairie, with many sloughs and wetlands, is not far away, for more diversity of birds.

I can go birding almost anytime with sufficient notice.
Banff National Park

Area Birds:
Boreal Chickadee, Clark's Nutcracker, Gray Jay, American Three-toed Woodpecker, White-winged Crossbill


T Wingert Calgary, Alberta Anytime English, French
My husband and I are into birding and bird photography. We know some great spots around Calgary, Alberta. Please feel free to message me for some tips!

We are currently (May 2018) on a 14 month trip around the world, so we are hoping to connect to other birders so we can see new and exciting birds!
reserves, sanctuaries, parks, forests, mountains, wetlands, islands etc.

Area Birds:
Rocky mountain birds, aspen parkland birds, wetland birds of western Canada
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, backpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, tech, casino
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, competition, swap
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, swing, wine, beer, liquor, revival, ceremony, round table
Play: cards, sports, water sports,

D Cambell Calgary Anytime English
Within two hours of Calgary we have the Rocky Mountains as well as wonderful wetland and prairie habitat. Lots of diversity. Unfortunately, there's no guidebook still in print to the great birding areas around Calgary. That's where I can help out. Another great resource is the yahoo chat group "Albertabird". Everyone is very helpful if someone is looking for a specific bird near here... As a busy working Mom with two young daughters, I can't usually go out birding with folks, but if the timing is right this is still a possibility.
D. Arndt Calgary Anytime English
I am wildlife (and more specifically, bird) photographer, and also blog. I've added the links to my photostream and blog at the bottom. The closest bird sanctuary, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, is probably well known to at least visitors to the area. Banff National Park, Peter Loughheed Provincial Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and the Important Bird Area, Frank Lake, are within an hour to two hours drive from here, and I am well versed in the bird life in all of these areas.
I've been birding in the Calgary area for 3 years, and leading guided walks with the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park for 2. I've got extensive knowledge of the Calgary area, and have seen over 250 species within the Calgary area, and nearly 300 in Alberta.


  J Tupper Manning Anytime English
  I am an amateur birdwatcher and a nature nut. I have extensive knowledge of all the birds, animals, and plants in this area. My passion is all wildlife, and wildlife photography. Now retired. Area:
Lac Cardinal, Lake Winagami, Notikewin Park, Kemp River

Area Birds:
Purple Finch, Evening Grosbeak, Least Flycatcher, Boreal Chickadee, Flicker, Trumpeter Swan, Tree Swallow, and many others.

All wild things. Fishing, Photography, home and vehicle repairs, Wild edibles, and much more.


  L Munro Empress Anytime English
  I have been birding for about 30 years, familiar with sounds of birds as well, for example grasshopper sparrows...which can be hard to see if you don't hear them 1st.

With enough notice I can tour fellow birders, Either by vehicle, hiking, kayaking (I provide the kayaks for a small group) or walking.
I live about 90 miles north of Medicine Hat along the Alberta/Sask border in a small town called Empress, The area I can tour is Empress and surrounding areas. Empress is a very diverse birding area with 2 rivers near by, native prairie, Badlands and coulees.

I live in a very diverse area where the opportunity to see a variety of birds that range from the Native Prairies, Rivers, badlands and natural springs.
Area Birds:
Long billed curlew, longspurs, meadowlarks, yellow chats, spotted towhee, nighthawk, grasshopper sparrows, numerous other small sparrows, Eagles, ferruginous hawks and much more.

Nature: birdwatching, hiking, walking, butterflies, gardening, kayaking.


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Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Alberta
Local weather Yahoo
Federation of Alberta Naturalists Club
The Calgary Field Naturalists' Society Club
Edmonton Nature Club Club
Weaselhead Society Club
Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary Club
Prairie Potholes and Parks Sites
Alberta Grasslands Sites
Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park Festival
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites

Last update 02/03/2014