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Hudsonian Godwits Photo: Yousif Attia

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Start Gardening for Birds

Take your love of birds to the next level by creating habitat in your yard or garden that provides life-saving resources (think food, water, and shelter) for birds throughout the year. Gardening is an excellent way to ensure that outdoor spaces, whether large or small, help wildlife. Visit BirdGardens.ca to learn more!

BirdWatch Canada

Our quarterly magazine featuring articles about the conservation of Canada’s wild birds and their habitats, as well as updates from Birds Canada and its regional, national, and international projects. Read a sample article on Ontario’s third Breeding Bird Atlas here.

Articles

George Pond photographing birds

JOIN THE 2021 BIRDATHON – FOR FUN, COMMUNITY, AND BIRDS!

The Birdathon not only helps birds, but can also be a safe way to add enjoyment to pandemic life. You can do it anywhere, anytime, and anyway.

A snowy owl on a post.

OWL OBSERVATION TIPS FOR BIRDERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS

For many bird lovers, seeing our first owl in the wild is a cherished memory. We benefit from these experiences, but, if we’re not mindful, the impact on the owls can be negative one.

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

TAKE A DEEP DIVE INTO GRASSLANDS CONSERVATION WITH OUR 3-PART PRAIRIE BLOG SERIES

Explore the connections between the Canadian Prairies, prairie producers, and birds. Check out Birds Canada’s Grassland Conservation Incentives Guide to benefit Canadian ranchers and birds, learn how Livestock Producers are Powerful Allies for Grasslands Birds, and How Your Purchasing Decisions Can Help Grasslands and Prairie Birds.

Birds in Focus

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

Enabled: birds from the hood 

Andrés Jiménez (Urban Program Coordinator at Birds Canada) presents a webinar for beginners from the lens of accessibility. 
 

Birding by Weather

When is the best time to watch for spring migrants? Where is the ideal place to go birding tomorrow? Join Brandon Holden and Justin Peter as they explore how to use the weather to predict good birding dates!

Sample Our Online Birding Courses

Join Birds Canada staff for these high-quality, free online courses that will bring you engaging, useful, geographically-relevant, and up-to-date information to help you connect with and conserve birds.

 

Link to the Connected to the Land Podcast

The Warblers (coming soon)

Coming this summer, a new Birds Canada podcast – The Warblers! Featuring interesting guests sharing information and inspiration about birds and bird conservation in Canada. 

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 ABA American Birding Podcast.

American Birding

The ABA’s Nate Swick speaks to Jody Allair, Orietta Estrada, and Nick Lund about the AOS Bird Names Congress, Bald Eagles, and more in the April 2021 edition of This Month in Birding.

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

GARDENING FOR BIRDS

View our new Gardening for Birds video series, which will give you some bite-sized practical tips on ways you can start gardening for birds.

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).

ARMSTRONG BIRD OF THE MONTH

Learn about feeder birds with Birds Canada staff.

Virtual birding

Enjoy birds from home with live videos from nest and feeder cams.

NESTS

FEEDERS

A male Thick-billed Longspur on a rock.

Your Bird Moment

Male Thick-billed Longspurs have black breasts and chestnut patches on their wings. They are bigger and chunkier
than sparrows and their beaks are black (sparrows typically have pale beaks ). + “Your Bird Moment”

Your Bird Moment

The Long-eared Owl is one of Canada’s most widespread species. It is found in almost every province, and throughout the northern hemisphere, including Eurasia and northern Africa. + “Your Bird Moment”

Photo: Stu Mackenzie

Your Bird Moment

The Wood Thrush is revered for its ethereal song throughout its eastern North American range. In Canada, it is found in southern Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec, Ontario, and occasionally Manitoba. + “Your Bird Moment”

Photo: Yousif Attia
Least Flycatcher, Saskatchewan

Your Bird Moment

The Least Flycatcher’s fiery attitude is well-concealed beneath a bland exterior. Birders sigh in frustration over the drab plumage that makes it nearly indistinguishable from other closely-related species. + “Your Bird Moment”

Golden Eagle

Your Bird Moment

As one of the largest, fastest, and most nimble eagles in North America, this raptor is able to target much larger prey than others. + “Your Bird Moment”

Photo: Ron Ridout

Your Bird Moment

Not just a king by name, the kingbird also has a small red patch on its crown, although this feature is usually hidden and seldom seen. + “Your Bird Moment”

Northern Flicker

Your Bird Moment

This species is known for the “dance” it performs during courtship and territorial disputes. Two birds of the same sex face off and bop their heads, often while an individual of the opposite sex watches. + “Your Bird Moment”

(Photo: Nick Saunders)

Your Bird Moment

The Evening Grosbeak might be one of the most misunderstood birds in North America. Even its name – meant to suggest that it sings only in the evening – is based on a misconception. + “Your Bird Moment”

(Photo: May Haga)
Tennessee Warbler

Your Bird Moment

The Tennessee Warbler is a renowned spruce budworm specialist, with breeding populations at certain sites known to increase as much as tenfold in five years in response to budworm outbreaks. + “Your Bird Moment”

Horned Grebe

Your Bird Moment

Grebes have lobed (rather than webbed) feet – a feature that sets them apart from ducks and geese. Grebes’ feet are also set toward the back of their body, which is an adaptation for steering while diving.  + “Your Bird Moment”

Photo: Ron Ridout

Your Bird Moment

The Long-eared Owl is one of Canada’s most widespread species. It is found in almost every province, and throughout the northern hemisphere, including Eurasia and northern Africa. + “Your Bird Moment”

Photo: Stu Mackenzie

Your Bird Moment

The Bonaparte’s Gull is the only gull to build a stick nest in a tree, usually a conifer. It also tends not to gorge on garbage or carrion, feeding on insects, fish, crustaceans, and molluscs instead. + “Your Bird Moment”

(Photo: Nick Saunders)

Your Bird Moment

Despite its name, the Philadelphia Vireo is seldom seen in Philadelphia. The oldest recorded Philadelphia Vireo was at least 8 years and 10 months old when found in Guatemala in 1970. It had been banded in Ontario in 1962. + “Your Bird Moment”

Your Bird Moment

Common Redpolls are small, acrobatic, and lively finches found in the northern boreal region during the summer. + “Your Bird Moment”

(Photo: Nick Saunders)
Canada Jay Nick Saunders

Your Bird Moment

Canada Jays survive without fresh food for long periods by storing food at all times of year in thousands of widely-scattered caches throughout their territories. + “Your Bird Moment”

(Photo: Nick Saunders)

YOUR BIRD MOMENT

The Yellow Warbler’s song is easy to remember. It sounds like it’s saying “sweet, sweet, sweet, I’m so sweet” – which is very fitting! + “YOUR BIRD MOMENT”

(Photo: May Haga)

Your Bird Moment

This stocky Buteo is easiest to spot during migration, when it forms spectacular “kettles” – swirling masses of soaring birds. + “Your Bird Moment”

(Photo: Nick Saunders)

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 AT birdscanada.org, or on social media and we’ll help share the inspiration!

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

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