Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) Photo by Gerald Romanchuck

BIG Birding Breakfast
Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia) by Gerald Romanchuck

On Saturday May 30th, 2015, celebrate the return of the migrants from their wintering grounds by visiting the Beaverhill Bird Observatory for the BIG BIRDING BREAKFAST.

Enjoy a breakfast of crepes, bacon and more. The chef for the day is bird expert Janos Kovacs.

Walk the net lanes with the observatory staff, learn how and why birds are banded and learn about the birds of our area. Give you and your kids a dose of Vitamin N (Nature) while you get up close and personal with our feathered friends as they are banded and released!

Nature walks and activities and crafts for kids are planned.

Mist netting and banding run from 5 am to 11 am, Breakfast is between 7 and 11 am. The guided nature walk will be at 9 am.

Cost is $20 per person (children 12 and under free).

Pre-registration and payment are required.

All proceeds go to the Beaverhill Bird Observatory.


BBO bandersBeaverhill Bird Observatory Seeking New Banders!

The Beaverhill Bird Observatory is hiring for two bird banding positions for 2015. 

Please see the following links for information.

Deadline March 31, 2015

 
Steaks & Saw-whets 2014 Event
Lisa Priestley, Chair Beavehill Bird Observatory

Okay, so now you are asking why the heck you would eat a Saw-whet and what exactly is a Saw-whet.

This owl is probably the most common owl in Alberta, yet few people get to see it because it hides during the day in spruce trees and other thick vegetation and is almost strictly nocturnal.

These small owls are found in urban and rural areas.  Each fall many Northern Saw-whet Owls move through Alberta, like many other birds on migration.

However, some Saw-whet Owls will overwinter and others are more nomadic following food sources of small microtines.

On October 3 and 4, 2014, the Beaverhill Bird Observatory hosted our annual public event Steaks and Saw-whets, to celebrate this movement.  The public was invited out to see how the bird observatory monitors the owls.

Read More...