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. 


Big Birding Breakfast

Celebrate the return of songbirds migrating through the Beaverhill Lake Natural Area while enjoying a great breakfast. 

Walk the net lanes with the banders while getting a dose of Vitamin N (Nature). View and learn about our feathered friends while they are banded and released.

  • 5 am to 11 am Mist netting and banding. 
  • 7 and 11 am Breakfast of crepes, fruit, baked goodies and more.
  • 9 am Guided nature walk.
  • Children's activities and crafts.

Dates: Saturday May 27th & Sunday May 28th

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Geoff Holroyd Young Ornithologists' Workshop

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 Monday, July 31st to Sunday, August 6th, 2023. Up to 10 participants, aged 15-18 years old, 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. 

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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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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:


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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