Bird ID Workshop

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Date:              Friday June 2nd, 2017 & Saturday June 3rd, Optional day Sunday June 4th

Time:              Friday June 2:  Classroom session from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Optional walk at Carburn Park - 7:30 pm

                            Saturday June 3:  Field trip from 5:30 am - 3:30 pm

                            Optional: Sunday June 4: Meet at Weaselhead Parking lot 5:30 am

Location:     The Kahanoff Conference Centre

                             2nd Floor

                             105 - 12th Avenue SE


CCP:                This course qualifies ASPB members to earn 12 Professional Development Hours towards their CCP requirements.


Please bring your own snacks, lunch, and fluids for the field trip. There will NOT be opportunities to purchase food throughout the day. Dinner will be provided on day 1, so please indicate if you have any food restrictions.

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'll have a selection of field guides, some spotting scopes, and a few extra pairs of binoculars. We recommend bringing sunscreen and bug repellent.

Cost:   Option 1: Members $125.00

                                      Non-Members $150.00

               Option 2: Members $250.00

                                       Non - Members $275.00

Description: Fri-Sat

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.

Itinerary Day 1:

5:30 am            Weaselhead Natural Area - 2 hour walk through riparian coniferous forest along the Elbow River

7:45 am           Bus Departure - 15-minute bus ride to Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

8:00 am           Inglewood Bird Sanctuary - 2 hour walk through riparian deciduous forest along the Bow River

10:15 am         Bus Departure – 1 hour bus ride to Frank Lake (just east of High River)

11:15 am         Frank Lake – 3 hours at the popular Ducks Unlimited Managed Wetland

2:30 pm           Bus Departure - 1 hour bus ride back to Weaselhead Natural Area

3:30 pm           Weaselhead Natural Area - End of field trip and workshop

3:30 pm           Optional Walk at Weaselhead Natural Area


Optional Day 2 of Bird Id Workshop: Sun

1.        Meet at Weaselhead Parking lot (sunrise is 5:30am) – 5:00am
2.        Drive to Brown Lowery PP (60 min) - including a quick stop for Bobolink
3.        Brown Lowery (2 hours)
4.        Drive to Barrier Lake (1 hr 15 min)
5.        Barrier Lake (2 hours)
6.        Drive to Flowering Water Trail (15 min)
7.        Flowering Water Trail (2 hours)
8.        Drive to Weaselhead (1 hour)



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 (WEST), based in Calgary, as a wildlife biologist / team lead.

The ASPB is not responsible for the content of this presentation; the information and views expressed by the presenter(s) are their own.

Please note: The ASPB reserves the right to cancel this workshop if we do not have at least 14 people signed up by 6:00 pm on Friday, May 26. A full refund will be returned.


  • Member - $125.00
  • Non-Member - $150.00
  • Include Optional Day - Member - $250.00
  • Include Optional Day - Non Member - $275.00