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Organized by Beaverhill Bird Observatory (BBO)
March 29 - 31, 2019,
Edmonton, Alberta

The BBO invites you to a conference focusing on bird monitoring and ecology using banding and other methods of studying bird movements. Participants will exchange
new findings since the 2010 conference with talks by featured speakers, western Canadian banding stations, and individual banders.

March 31 st will be a symposium focused on Northern Saw-whet Owl and other northern owl species.

This conference is open to bird banders, students, biologists and interested members of the public. 

The conference will be held at King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta.

Tentative schedule:

Friday March 29 7-9 pm.
Featured speaker: Steven Price, President, Bird Studies Canada will give a talk entitled “Long Point Bird Observatory: 60 years, One Million Birds, and Beyond”.

Saturday March 30 9:00am-4:00pm.
Canadian Migration Monitoring Network station
presentations and individual presentations.
Break refreshments provided.
Featured Speaker: David Brinker from Maryland, about an 18 year banding study of Northern Goshawks.

Saturday March 30 5:00-8:00pm.
Edmonton Nature Club Banquet option. Featured speaker Steven Price, President, Bird Studies Canada “A Century of the Tri-national Migratory Bird Convention:  Status of North America’s Birds and the Need for More Ambition in Canada!”
Purchase tickets directly from ENC at http://edmontonnatureclub.org/2019-banquet.html

Sunday March 31. 9:00am – 4pm.
Symposium on the ecology and movements of Northern Saw-whet Owls and other northern species.
Featured Speaker: David Brinker, the founder of OwlNet will talk about the ecology and movements of Northern Saw-whet Owls.

limited to 125 participants will be online at www.beaverhillbirds.com starting in early 2019.
Preregistration $30 for the three days, $20 for registered students before March 1,2019. $50 at the door.

Conference Registration

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Primarily in the winter months, BBO runs an active education program. Staff give presentations focusing on bird conservation, diversity, and research to schools, day homes, children’s nature groups (such as Scouts), senior’s residences / associations, and other groups. A live educational owl or falcon is brought to every event to further reinforce the material taught during educational presentations.

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Turn off your computer and join us in the great outdoors! Our programs typically run from April to November, but the Beaverhill Natural Area is open year round for you to enjoy. It's a great place to view wildlife and offers a few different trails to hike or snowshoe.

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Using our interactive eBird map, you can find out what birds are hanging around the BBO based on sightings from other birders. You can also contribute to this resource by entering your sightings directly to eBird! 

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This Important Bird Area used to be one of the largest bodies of water in Alberta. What happened to this massive feature on the landscape? What does it look like today? Are there still birds using this habitat? Find out here.