Tag Archive | birding talks

Calendar – March 2017

March. Registration is now open for the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society Spring Birding Course. The twelve-week course starts on April 3. See this page to register.

Tuesday March 7, 7 pm. Alberta Wilderness Association. Sean Nichols, Russia’s Boreal Wilderness: 10,000 km by Bicycle. Information and tickets here.

Wednesday March 8, 7:30 pm. Nature Calgary Bird Study Group: Greg Wagner, How To Manage an Important Bird Area – My Experiences at Frank LakeInformation here.

Saturday March 11. Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society: Wayne’s Wonderful Winter Walk. Information and tickets here.

Saturday March 11. Cochrane Ecological Institute. Finding Common Ground: the 2017 Symposium on Wilderness, Wildlife and Human Interaction. Speakers and topics; Registration here.

Tuesday March 21. 7:30 pm. Nature Calgary Speaker Series: Val Scholefield, The Natural Wonders of MadagascarInformation here.

Sunday March 26, 1 pm. Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation. Wonderful Waterfowl. A talk, and a tour of the facility. Information and tickets.

Friday March 31, 6 pm. Birds & Beers, a social get-together for birders. Information here.

Calendar – February 2017

Thursday February 2, 7 pm. Alberta Wilderness Association. Mount St. Helens: A Story of Recovery, by Dr. Evelyn Merril. Information and tickets here.

Wednesday February 8, 7:30 pm. Nature Calgary Bird Study Group: The Ins and Outs of eBird, by Mike Harrison. Information here.

Friday February 17, 6 pm. Birds & Beers, a social get-together for birders. Information here.

Friday February 17 to Monday February 20. Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Count birds to contribute to this database of winter birds. Record your sightings on eBird or get started here.

Tuesday February 21. 7:30 pm. Nature Calgary Speaker Series: From Ice to Salt and Back Again, by Dr. John Harper. Information here.

Thursday February 23, 7 pm. Friends of Fish Creek Speaker Series: Beaches, Birds, and the Boreal Forest: Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, by Ceiridwen Robbins. Information here.

Tuesday February 28, 7 pm. U of C Events: Kananaskis Conservation Officers, Guardians of Alberta Parks, by Donna Schley. Information here.

Tuesday February 28. Last day of the winter birding season (December through February). For this year’s Alberta Winter Bird List, see this page.

 

Calendar – January 2017

Monday January 9. Beginning of the 12-week Winter session of the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society birding course. Information and registration on this page.

Wednesday January 11, 7:30 pm. Nature Calgary Bird Study Group Speaker Series: Christmas Bird Count Results. Phil Cram and others will present the results of local Christmas Bird Counts in the Calgary region. Information here.

Tuesday January 17, 7:30 pm. Nature Calgary Speaker Series: The Nature of Our Unseen Universe by Wesley Ernst. Information here.

Friday January 20, 6 pm. Birds & Beers. A social get-together for birders. Information here.

Wednesday January 25, Friends of Fish Creek Annual General Meeting (members only). Registration and information here.

Thursday January 26, 7 pm. Fish Creek Speaker Series: Growing Up In Alberta’s Eastern Parks, by Alison Cole. Information Here.

If you know of any upcoming local talks or events of interest to birders, please email us.

Event – Nature Calgary Speaker Series

Nature Calgary Speaker Series, Tuesday November 15, 7:30 pm.

Cardel Theatre, 180 Quarry Park Blvd. SE

Chris Fisher will speak on “The Wildlife of Great Explorers.” Learn about the travels of the great explorers of Alberta and some of the birds, plants, and mammals named for them.

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Franklin’s Gull, named for Sir John Franklin. Photo by Dan Arndt, Carburn Park, April 2015.

See the complete description of the talk, and directions to the location, on the Nature Calgary website.

Free parking. Please bring a donation for the Food Bank.

 

Birds & Beers: Summer/Fall 2016 Schedule

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After a short break for the summer, the popular Birds & Beers social events will resume in August. Here are the dates to save for the rest of 2016:

August 26, September 30, October 28, and December 9

Note: the one that had been scheduled for November 18 was changed to December 9.

There will be no Birds & Beers in December, but we plan to continue in January.

These meetings will be held at our usual location:

Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Calgary Branch #285

9202 Horton Road SW

Friday August 26, 6:00-9:00 pm

This is one block west of Macleod Trail, between Heritage Drive and Southland Drive. See the Event’s Facebook page for a map and more information.

We will be meeting in a private room in the back  of the building. When you arrive at the front lobby, the door will be locked so you will have to buzz and wait for someone to let you in. Then proceed to the back, past the food counter. There will be signs with directions.

Birds & Beers is an informal social gathering in which you can meet other birders and talk about birding. If you wish, you can have a drink or a meal as well. Prices at the Legion are very reasonable and the food is excellent. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult, so bring the family!

If you are planning to attend and need directions or any more information, send us an email at birdscalgary@gmail.com.

Photo credit: Black-necked Stilt by Tony LePrieur, Frank Lake, July 2016.

Birdsong Talk, and Discussion – Birds & Beers

Join us this Friday, October 30, for our monthly Calgary Birds & Beers social get-together. This month, in addition to our usual informal chatting about anything we want to discuss (mostly bird-related of course), we will be treated to a short talk about Birdsong by Gus Yaki. This will be followed by a question-and-answer and discussion of the topic. The talk will begin at about 7:30 pm, after everyone has had a chance to visit and have something to eat and drink. It’s fine to arrive late if you can’t make it at 6:00. Everyone is welcome, including children if accompanied by an adult.

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A local songbird.

Birds & Beers is an informal social gathering in which you can meet other birders and talk about birding. If you wish, you can have a drink or a meal as well. Prices at the Legion are very reasonable and the food is excellent.

This month’s event will be held at our usual location:

Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Calgary Branch #285

9202 Horton Road SW

Friday October 30, 6:00-9:00 pm

This is one block west of Macleod Trail, between Heritage Drive and Southland Drive. See the Event’s Facebook page for a map and more information.

We will be meeting in a private room in the back  of the building. When you arrive at the front lobby, the door will be locked so you will have to buzz and wait for someone to let you in. Then proceed to the back, past the food counter. There will be signs with directions.

If you haven’t attended a Birds & Beers meeting before, or have attended only once or twice, come out and hear Gus’s talk and join the discussion! We plan to have a talk each month, so if you have a topic you’d like to speak about at a future Birds & Beers, let us know.

If you are planning to attend and need directions or any more information, send us an email at birdscalgary@gmail.com.

Bob Lefebvre

 

Cruise the World For Birds

Posted by Bob Lefebvre

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday September 15, marks the beginning of another season of nature talks in the Nature Calgary Speaker’s Series. The topic is “Cruise the World For Birds” and will be given by renowned local author and speaker Chris Fisher. Here is the talk description from the Nature Calgary site:

“For more than five years, Chris served as lecturer and naturalist for a major cruise line.  This experience took him to every continent and to more than 160 ports around the world. From Alaska to the Antarctic and Stockholm to Samoa, birds (and other wildlife) were a constant, yet ever changing companion to his voyages.  This presentation will not only be a natural history showcase, but it will also strive to demonstrate how our wildlife encounters enrich our lives and create our life’s most cherished moments.”

The location is the Cardel Theatre in Quarry Park, just south of Carburn Park. For a map, driving directions, and more information, see the Nature Calgary event page here. There is free parking, but please bring a food bank donation. The doors open at 7 pm and the talk begins at 7:30. Everyone is welcome.

The Nature Calgary Lecture Series is held on the third Tuesday of each month in this location, from September through April. In addition, the Nature Calgary Bird Studies Group holds talks on the first Wednesday of each month at the University of Calgary. Watch the Nature Calgary site for upcoming lectures and events.

Chris Fisher’s web page.

Follow Chris Fisher on Twitter @FisherSpeaks

The Bird Studies Group

Posted by Bob Lefebvre.

I thought I’d provide some detailed information on Nature Calgary’s Bird Studies Group meetings for those of you who are new to birding in Calgary, or who just have not gotten around to attending a meeting yet.  The meetings are free and open to everyone; you don’t have to have a membership in Nature Calgary to attend.

The Bird Studies Group is involved in the Christmas Bird Count, May Species Count, conducting birding field trips in the Calgary area, and in other birding projects.  From September through May, they also have a monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of each month.

Meetings are held in room 211 of the Biological Sciences building at the University of Calgary.  The doors open at 7 pm, and the meeting starts at 7:30.  The first half-hour is for socializing with your fellow birders.  There is coffee, tea, and homemade cookies available for very reasonable prices.  At 7:30, Andrew Hart, the Chairman of the BSG advisory committee, begins with announcements of upcoming events and meetings, and sometimes of good bird sightings.  Sometimes we have a bird quiz, which is always fun and challenging.  The main presentation follows, and lasts about an hour.  It is followed by a question-and-answer period.  The meetings usually conclude by 9 pm.

Recent topics for the main presentation include “Important Bird Areas of Alberta,” “Red Kites in Britain,” “Weed Lake,” and “Migration Monitoring at Cypress Hills.”  The topic for the next meeting should interest our readers:  “Birding and Technology” by Daniel Arndt and David Pugh.  They will discuss smart phone apps, eBird, and the ways that new technologies can help you be a better birder.

Here is a map of the University of Calgary Campus.  The Biological Sciences building, labelled B1,  is located at the bottom right, nearest to the University LRT Station.  Click on the map to see a larger version.

A plus is that the location is very close to the University LRT station, and of course there is good bus service to the campus too. If you are driving, parking is available in several lots near the building (the closest are lots L25 and L21).  One drawback of the meeting location is the $6 charge for parking, payable by cash(coins) or credit card.

So if you haven’t yet been to a meeting, or haven’t been attending regularly, please join us.  As Andrew says, the goal of the Bird Studies Group is “to encourage birding in the Calgary area and beyond by helping local birders develop their knowledge and skills.”  These meetings are a great way to do that.

For more information on the Bird Studies Group, contact Andrew Hart at andrewhart(at)shaw.ca .

Links:

Nature Calgary

Bird Studies Group