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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Snow Goose Festival

It's that time of year again! The Snow Geese will be returning in April and BBO is excited to once again co-host the Snow Goose Festival. Want to attend? There are 3 tour options - a 2 or 3 hour tour around Beaver County to take a gander at the large flocks of geese or a 3 hour BBO tour with a guided hike into the station for a banding demonstration. All tours leave from the Tofield Arena. BBO will also be at the tradeshow in the arena, so come say hi to us and our education ambassador birds! Tickets are also available for the banquet on Saturday night with a buffet dinner, live music by local artist Mallory Chipman, and keynote speaker Geoff Holroyd.
Get your tickets and event information here:

Want to Volunteer as a tour guide?

Sign up here for the Snow Goose viewing tour guides

Sign up here for the BBO tour guides


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 Friday, August 2nd to Thursday, August 8th, 2024. 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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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:


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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