This is a blog for, and written by, birdwatchers in the Calgary, Alberta region. Birds Calgary currently has two people posting on a regular basis, as well as a few guest authors and/or photographers.
We invite articles, photos or stories from anyone who wishes to contribute. The more contributors we have, the better birding in Calgary will be, so hop on board! Or if you’re looking for answers to bird questions, or identification puzzles, feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment on the blog. If we don’t know the answer, we have a list of naturalists to contact, so you’ll be sure to get the right answer!
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Meet the (bird) brains behind the blog:
Pat has been a keen birder for more years than she will admit to, and lives in a very birdy yard – 109 species so far – with way too many bird feeders. As a former volunteer at the Calgary Zoo and the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, talking and writing about birds and wildlife is second nature to her, and she particularly enjoys seeing the next generations fall in love with bird watching.
Bob was born and raised in northern Alberta, and he came to Calgary in 1986. Although he had long been interested in the natural world, he remained a backyard birder until 2008, when, inspired by the book Wild America, he began to go out on Nature Calgary field trips. He helped to organize the Birds Calgary 2010 competition and the eBird Calgary 2015 competition, and has led field trips for both Nature Calgary and for Gus Yaki’s Friends of Fish Creek birding course.
Matthew is a young nature photographer who has always taken in interest in birds, however, he has only become a serious birder in the last few years. Though birds may be his calling, he loves all aspects of nature and is always keen to learn more about the world around him.
Matthew is currently attending a post-secondary institution and hasn’t written for the blog for a while.
Dan has was born and raised in the Calgary area, and has always had a passion for nature, and in a roundabout way, birds as well. After graduating in 2006 from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Natural Science geared towards paleontology, it became clear that the closest thing to dinosaur watching he’d be able to do would be by taking an interest in their descendants. It wasn’t until a couple of tropical vacations in 2008 that kick-started the drive to photograph and discover in detail the world of birds. Dan is currently assisting Bob Lefebvre and Gus Yaki on the Friends of Fish Creek birding field trips, and is passionate about his photography, birds, and all of the wonders of the natural world.
We have been featuring Tony’s excellent bird and mammal photographs for several years. Tony says:
I’ve been watching and photographing birds and other local wildlife for close to four years. Still a newbie with lots and lots still to learn. I follow Alberta Birds and Birds Calgary religiously so knowledge levels are increasing. I also pick the brains of birders/photographers I meet and find the local community is always generous with offering up tips and advice. I venture outside the City limits on occasion (like Frank Lake) but my favourite spots to visit are Fish Creek, Weaselhead and Carburn Parks. I shoot canon with a Tamron 150-600 lens. If you want to see what I’m seeing check out my Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/