Birds

Beginner’s Guide to Winter Bird Identification

30 November 2022

Recorded Presentation
Speaker: JANICE HURLBURT
Host: Edmonton Nature Club

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Nesting and Home Range of Barred Owls in Managed Forests of Alberta

28 November 2022

Recorded Presentation
Speaker: LISA TAKETS PRIESTLEY
Host: Edmonton Nature Club

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Alberta Red-necks — Grebes, That Is

19 October 2022

BY NICK CARTER

Although the courtship of red-necked grebes is one of nature’s great shows, it often goes unappreciated. The same goes for other grebe species. These birds generally do not inspire the same sense of northern majesty that loons do. Nor are they synonymous with Alberta wetlands the way ducks and geese are. But grebes are just as much a part of our lakes and ponds as all those other birds.

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Diminished Chorus: The Decline of Grassland Birds

3 October 2022

BY NANCY MAHONY

Few people are lucky enough to experience the dawn chorus on Alberta’s native grasslands — a bewildering concert of ringing trills, melodious gurgles, and jumbled songs. I’ve had the good fortune to do so on many May and June mornings, as a biologist researching grassland songbirds at one of Canada’s largest remaining native prairies, the Suffield National Wildlife Area near Medicine Hat.

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Saw-whet Owls: residents, migrants or vagrants; an avian enigma

15 September 2022

Recorded Presentation
Speaker: THE BEAVERHILL BIRD OBSERVATORY
Host: Edmonton Nature Club

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Kingfishers: Keeping a Watchful Eye on the Water

22 July 2022

BY MARGOT HERVIEUX

If you spend time along rivers or small lakes this summer, you may be lucky enough to spot a kingfisher. There are many kinds of kingfishers in other parts of the world but in Canada we only have one species: the belted kingfisher.

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Jaw-Dropping Bird – The Common Nighthawk

21 July 2022

BY DORIS MAY & STEPH WEIZENBACH

Feel the Noise
BOOM! The first time I heard this loud, unnerving sound, it reverberated through the ravine where my prairie home lies nestled along a meandering creek. The sound was ominous, like a sound effect you might expect in a tense scene from a Jurassic Park movie.

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Pesticide threats to birds and biodiversity in the prairies

28 February 2022

Recorded Presentation
Speaker: CHRISTY MORRISSEY
Host: Crooked Creek Conservancy Society of Athabasca

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The Beauty of a Bird Song

28 February 2022

Recorded Presentation
Speaker: ERIN BAYNE
Host: Red Deer River Naturalists

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Budding Birders Guides

8 February 2022

Get your naturalist on with these birding guides from Nature Calgary

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