Birdwatching Canada

A voice for the northern birds


Canada is a huge country of 9,984,670 square kilometers, and contains about 426 bird species located in a large variety of ecosystems. And yet there is very little information on the internet about birdwatching in Canada.  This blog intends to pick up that slack.

Birdwatching is the fastest growing hobby in North America. It’s one of the few activities people can do more of as they get older, and the popularity of this hobby has increased 150% in the past decade. It can be done alone, with friends, in a large group or combined with other activities, such as birdwatching on the golf course. 

Gentle exercise in the fresh air, low cost equipment and the intellectual challenge required are combined with the joys of collecting and competition. Birding is an activity in which an informed amateur has just a good a chance at making that rare sighting as a professional ornithologist.

One of the beauties of bird watching is that you can make instant friends wherever you travel. If you’re looking for birds in a park or marshland, chances are pretty good you’re not the only one doing so. From the initial greeting, which is usually “seen anything interesting?” you have something in common. And someone to share that special sighting you just had. I’ve met birders from several countries in my trips, and you will soon develop a proficiency at recognizing a kindred soul. If you’re wearing binoculars, there is no such thing as a stranger in this hobby.

Being an avid birdwatcher, I’ll be posting a variety of birding and bird topics with a Canadian slant. I’ll also be actively seeking your comments and input, as I can’t bird the whole country, as much as I’d like to chuck the job and head out! If you know of a link, blog, newsgroup or website that covers birds or birdwatching in Canada that I haven’t included, please let me know in the comments below.

Good Birding!

Pat Bumstead

Calgary, Alberta


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