Photo: Gerald Romanchuk

The Beaverhill Natural Area and trails remain open to the public 24/7. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic however, the BBO is not accepting volunteers at this time and we will not be banding birds until further notice. We ask that visitors respectfully stay outside of our buildings, as we are happy to talk to visitors in our clearing and anywhere in the great outdoors!

About BBO

Established in 1984, the Beaverhill Bird Observatory (BBO) is the second oldest migration monitoring observatory in Canada. Our extensive long-term datasets enable the BBO to track changes in bird populations, migratory routes, breeding success, and survivorship.

Situated within the Beaverhill Natural Area, the BBO acts as a steward for:

  • An internationally recognized Important Bird Area, where more than 270 species have been reported, 145 of which are known to breed locally!
  • A wetland of international significance, designated as a RAMSAR site in 1987.
  • A valuable multi-purpose provincial natural area, used for research, education, conservation, and recreational enjoyment of the outdoors.

When you are birding in the Natural Area please remember to follow the ABA Code of Birding Ethics, which was gratefully produced by the American Birding Association (ABA). 


Annual Events at the Observatory

We host two major annual events in the Natural Area: The Big Birding Breakfast, and Steaks and Saw-whets.

  • Both are open to the public and tickets can be purchased through our website in the weeks leading up to the events
  • These events offer participants an intimate look at various species of birds, as well as the opportunity to gain an appreciation for avian conservation and research, all while enjoying a delicious meal in the woods!