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Hudsonian Godwits Photo: Yousif Attia

Spend time with birds and connect with our bird experts

Interested in learning more about Canada’s birds? Need some inspiration? Or have some to share? Spend some time with birds and our bird experts virtually here. New content will be uploaded regularly. Please share your birding stories or bird activities with us at jallair@birdscanada.org, or on social media and we’ll help share the inspiration!

Latest Features

Great Backyard Bird Count

The GBBC is an annual four-day event that engages bird enthusiasts of all ages around the world in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Anyone can participate, from beginners to experts.

Watch a video on the Christmas Bird Count in Canada.

Explore Key Biodiversity Areas in Canada

Birds Canada is working to assess which of our IBAs might qualify as Key Biodiversity Areas. We have developed a colourful Story Map to introduce the KBA concept and to highlight two of Canada’s most outstanding KBAs.

Articles

female Evening Grosbeak

eBird Canada 2020 Year in Review

eBird Canada had tremendous growth in participation from new and existing Canadian eBirders in 2020. An irruption or superflight took place late in the year and potentially four new species were added to the Canadian list.

Wood Thrush on a log

2020 RED LIST INCLUDES UPDATES ON FOREST SONGBIRDS AND ICONIC RAPTORS

Each year, the global extinction risk to all bird species is assessed by BirdLife International, the official Red List Authority for birds for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. 

Read about Bird's Canada's new Grasslands Incentives Guide and how it will help birds.

NEW GRASSLANDS CONSERVATION INCENTIVES PROJECT TO BENEFIT CANADIAN RANCHERS AND BIRDS

Birds Canada has produced a Grassland Conservation Incentives Guide available to producers and landowners to conserve, enhance or restore grasslands.

Learn about the results from 20 years of monitoring nocturnal owls in Atlantic Canada.

NOCTURNAL OWL SURVEY IN THE ATLANTIC REGION: ALREADY 20 YEARS OF DATA!

Our knowledge of the abundance and population trends of owl species in this region and across North America has been greatly improved over the past two decades.

Birds in Focus

Watch and learn more about birds and some of the work we do at Birds Canada.

20-Year Trends from the BC Coastal Waterbird Survey

Birds Canada staff discuss the methods, results, and implications of our recently published paper: “Twenty years of coastal waterbird trends suggest regional patterns of environmental pressure in British Columbia, Canada.”

Sample Online Birding Course: Birding by Ear

Join Andrés Jiménez (Urban Program Coordinator, Birds Canada) for our online birding courses. These high-quality, free online courses will bring you engaging, useful, geographically-relevant, and up-to-date information that will help you connect with and conserve birds.

 

Report on 25 years of Marsh Monitoring in the Great Lakes Region

Dr. Doug Tozer (Director, Waterbirds and Wetlands at Birds Canada) presents lessons learned and conservation impacts arising from the efforts of dedicated volunteers over the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program’s 25-year history.
 
Link to Songbirding Podcast.

SONGBIRDING PODCAST

Immerse yourself in birdsong in this relaxed pace acoustic exploration of natural spaces. Season 4 podcasts are available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Link to the Connected to the Land Podcast

Green File

Mark and Ben Cullen chat with Jody Allair about about the explosion in popularity for birding and ways to enjoy the past time as the weather turns cold.

Activities for Families

Yellow-rumped Warbler perched on branch. Link to BIRD IDENTIFICATION TOOL

BIRD IDENTIFICATION TOOL

Did you see a bird in your yard that you haven’t seen before? Create a downloadable and printable field guide customized for your location and time of year to help nail down an identification.

Link to Junior Birder Guide. The cover of the Junior Birder Guide features a sketch of several birds, including a beautiful male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

JUNIOR BIRDER GUIDE

Download and print your own Junior Birder Journal and Activity Guide! Learn about birds, how to identify them, and what you can do to protect birds in your neighborhood.

Link to fun, do-it-yourself crafts. The photo features a bird feeder made of popsicle sticks!

FOR THE BIRDS

Fun crafts you can make at home like do-it-yourself bird feeders, suet treats, and bird cookies to help out birds.

Link to Yard Bird Bingo. Image features a bingo card full of birds and bird signs.

YARD BIRD BINGO

Yard Bird Bingo is a fun activity that will have you taking a closer look at your backyard.

Videos

ARMSTRONG BIRD OF THE MONTH

Learn about feeder birds with Birds Canada staff.

Bird Identification for Beginners

This workshop covers basic birdwatching tools, fundamentals of bird ID, and an overview of some bird groups found in Saskatchewan and the Canadian Prairies. It was presented and recorded by LeeAnn Latremouille (Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator, Birds Canada).

All About Project FeederWatch

Volunteers across North America contribute to bird research by watching their feeder birds from November to April with Project FeederWatch. It’s a fun winter activity you can enjoy from home – it’s easy, and it helps birds!

Virtual birding

Enjoy birds from home with live videos from feeder cams.

Red-eyed Vireo (a persistent singer found in mixed wood forests across Canada) Photo: Sherri & Brock Fenton

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