CANCELED - 2020 Introductory Bird ID Workshop Field Trip Kananaskis

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Lead Presenter: Nick Bartok, P. Biol.

Description: Both novice and experienced birders will benefit from this workshop which focuses on bird identification. Participants will learn basic bird identification techniques for a wide variety of species found in southern Alberta and the new age apps for bird ID, documentation, and records.

Dates and times:

Friday May 29:  Classroom Session (4:00 - 7:00 pm)

Saturday May 30:  Field Trip (South Calgary - 5:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Sunday May 31: Field Trip (Kananaskis - 4:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Locations: Classroom session will be held at Mount Royal University – Room EC2010 in the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning. Recommended parking is in the East Gate Parkade.  4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary

Field Trips will begin at the Weaselhead Natural Area (37 St SW & 66 Ave SW, Calgary.) A bus will be provided from this location to registered participants.


$25 for classroom session only

Member - $125 for classroom session and field trip, $250 for classroom session and both field trips

Non-member - $150 for classroom session and field trip, $300 for classroom session and both field trips

To register for the classroom session only, click here.                          

To register for classroom session and May 30 field trip, click here

To register for classroom session and May 31 field trip, please click on the "Register for this event" button on the upper right. 

To register for the classroom session and both field trips, please contact  Beki at  587.329.3764.

Classroom Session: Dinner will be provided. Pen and notebook required.  A series of slides will be used to introduce bird identification.

Field Trips:

Food: Please bring your own snacks, lunch, and fluids for the field trip. There will NOT be opportunities to purchase food throughout the day.      

CCP: This course and field trip qualifies ASPB members to earn 12 Professional Development Hours towards their CCP requirements.    Attending the course only qualifies ASPB members to earn 2 Professional Development Hours towards their CCP requirements.

What to Wear: We will be going on the field trip rain or shine so bring clothes that can protect you from rain, sun, and wind. We will be walking on trails for several kilometres at each location so make sure your footwear is appropriate for dealing with puddles, wet grass, mud, etc. Rubber boots are not necessary.

What to Bring: Everyone should bring binoculars and a notebook. If you have access to a spotting scope and a field guide, please bring them too. We recommend bringing sunscreen and bug repellent.

Lead Presenter Biography:

Nick Bartok: Nick has worked on many avian projects across North America, including: secretive marsh bird surveys along the Lower Colorado River of southwest Arizona, Burrowing Owl research at the Salton Sea in Southern California, and bird banding in Ontario, Arizona, Oregon, California, British Columbia, Costa Rica, and Belize. Currently, he is working for Western EcoSystems Technology, based in Calgary, as a wildlife biologist / team lead.

Please note: The ASPB reserves the right to cancel this workshop if we do not have sufficient people signed up by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. A full refund will be returned.


  • ASPB Member - $125.00
  • Non-member - $150.00


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