Steaks & Saw-whets 2016 Saw-whet Owl

Friday Sept. 29 & Saturday Sept. 30, 2017 (Saturday SOLD OUT)
At the Beaverhill Bird Observatory

Join the Beaverhill Bird Observatory celebration of the fall movements of the tiny but mighty Northern Saw-whet Owl.  A complete steak barbeque will be served followed by setting up mist nets to capture owls for banding. Learn about their biology and observe saw-whet owls up close! This popular event sells out so please book early to ensure your spot!! Online registration required

Time:Dinner served between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Nets go up at 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Members $30 /person, Non-members $40/person can include $10 life membership, free for children under 12 when accompanied by their parents.
Contact: For more information contact Kevin Methuen at

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 Supported by: Alberta Conservation Association, TD Friends of the Environment, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Nature Canada (Charles Labatiuk Conservation Fund) and Bird Studies Canada (Baillie Fund)

Geoff Holroyd Young Ornithologists' Workshop 2016 Young Ornithologists - Group Photo

The Beaverhill Bird Observatory’s Geoff Holroyd Young Ornithologists’ Workshop is a week-long workshop to provide teenagers interested in birds with a practical, working knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of birds and their conservation. The Workshop will run from Sunday, July 30 to Saturday, August 5, 2017. Up to 8 participants, ages 15-18 years, will be selected.  They will be provided with the opportunity to learn bird banding and identification skills from experienced ornithologists at our field research station east of Tofield, Alberta.  While applicants do not have to be top notch birders, they have to share a keen interest in birds and conservation.  The BBO will cover all direct costs of the workshop including food, travel for field trips, and professional instruction, but recipients are responsible for their transportation to and from the banding station, tents and sleeping bags. Tents are available for loan if applicants cannot bring their own.

Click the links below to learn more and apply.

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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.

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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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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.