Owl Banding Events

Our owl monitoring program has been operating since 1997. The primary objectives are to document the relative abundance and migration timing of Northern Saw-whet, Long-eared and Boreal Owls moving through the Beaverhill Natural Area during the fall. Book your visit today!

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Supper & Saw-whets

Saturday Sept. 23 & Sunday Sept. 24, 2023

Celebrate the return of Saw-whet Owl migration at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory while enjoying an environmentally friendly meal in the woods! A variety of delicious vegetarian dishes will be available for dinner, along with grilled vegetables and baked goodies. After dinner get the chance to walk the net lanes with our biologists, see live owls being banded up close and personal*, and learn about our feathered friends. Species captured include Northern Saw-whet Owls and possibly Long-eared Owls.

This popular event sells out fast so be sure to Buy your tickets today!

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Songbird Banding Events

Join our biologists for an exclusive morning in the woods, banding our migratory songbirds. We will be hosting groups of visitors every weekend in the mornings during spring migration. Book your visit before the tickets are all gone! Click HERE to learn more. 


BirdSmart Education

During the winter months, the BBO operates an education outreach program called BirdSmart Education. Our staff give in-presentations with a live bird of prey to all grade levels (pre-k to 12) that are tailored to match the Alberta Curriculum and focus on birds, conservation and climate change. Presentations are also available to afterschool groups, seniors homes, birthday parties and more! Book your presentation today to meet a live bird of prey and learn about the natural world. 

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BBO Merchandise

The BBO now has an online merchandise store! Purchase t-shirts, hoodies, crew necks, and more with the BBO logo or an adorable Northern Saw-whet Owl on it. Check it out today!

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Endowment Fund

The BBO has established an Endowment Fund to help secure future research efforts!

As a non-profit, BBO relies on grants, donations and fundraising to continue the work we do, none of which can be counted on from year to year. By creating this Endowment Fund with the Edmonton Community Foundation, we intend to eventually provide lifelong support to our organization, allowing us to continue our valuable conservation work without fear of interruption.

Please visit this link to help contribute to our future research: https://www.ecfoundation.org/funds/beaverhill-bird-observatory-endowment-fund/


BBO Strategic Plan

Inspire appreciation and conservation of birds and biodiversity in Alberta and elsewhere. 

Strategic Plan 2022-2027

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BirdBytes Videos

BBO has been creating short educational videos on bird biology and diversity. Learn about the birds we study and some fun facts about different species by watching these informative and entertaining videos!

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