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  R Moorthy Calgary Anytime English
  Birding since 2013. Know some good spots in and around Calgary, Alberta. Feel free to message me for some tips. Not an expert in Birding but has taken Birding courses from Calgary's Friends of Fish Creek. I work from home so its easy to take time out but my business clients first. Apologies if I am unable to meet your requested time. Area:
Hotspots: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary , Weaselhead Flats , Carburn Park , Fish Creek Park , Frank lake ( Seasonal )

Area Birds:

Nature: birdwatching, hiking,
Travel: car, long walk,
Visit: tourist site, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean,
Attend: concert


  C Lambert Canmore Anytime English
  I am an avid birder and bird photographer, and go out birding frequently. I enjoy showing visitors the specialties of the region. Canmore is located just outside Banff National Park at the edge of the Canadian Rockies, about an hour west of Calgary.

Some of the local specialties are Boreal Chickadee, Clark's Nutcracker, Gray Jay, American Three-toed Woodpecker, White-winged Crossbill to name a few. The prairie, with many sloughs and wetlands, is not far away, for more diversity of birds.

I can go birding almost anytime with sufficient notice.
Banff National Park

Area Birds:
Boreal Chickadee, Clark's Nutcracker, Gray Jay, American Three-toed Woodpecker, White-winged Crossbill


T Wingert Calgary, Alberta We are travelling right now until July 2019, so we can't host anyone in Calgary English, French
My husband and I are into birding and bird photography. We know some great spots around Calgary, Alberta. Please feel free to message me for some tips!

We are currently (May 2018) on a 14 month trip around the world, so we are hoping to connect to other birders so we can see new and exciting birds!
reserves, sanctuaries, parks, forests, mountains, wetlands, islands etc.

Area Birds:
Rocky mountain birds, aspen parkland birds, wetland birds of western Canada
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, backpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise, pilot, dog sled, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique, fashion, tech, casino
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, competition, swap
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, swing, wine, beer, liquor, revival, ceremony, round table
Play: cards, sports, water sports,

D Cambell Calgary Anytime English
Within two hours of Calgary we have the Rocky Mountains as well as wonderful wetland and prairie habitat. Lots of diversity. Unfortunately, there's no guidebook still in print to the great birding areas around Calgary. That's where I can help out. Another great resource is the yahoo chat group "Albertabird". Everyone is very helpful if someone is looking for a specific bird near here... As a busy working Mom with two young daughters, I can't usually go out birding with folks, but if the timing is right this is still a possibility.
D. Arndt Calgary Anytime English
I am wildlife (and more specifically, bird) photographer, and also blog. I've added the links to my photostream and blog at the bottom. The closest bird sanctuary, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, is probably well known to at least visitors to the area. Banff National Park, Peter Loughheed Provincial Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park, and the Important Bird Area, Frank Lake, are within an hour to two hours drive from here, and I am well versed in the bird life in all of these areas.
I've been birding in the Calgary area for 3 years, and leading guided walks with the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park for 2. I've got extensive knowledge of the Calgary area, and have seen over 250 species within the Calgary area, and nearly 300 in Alberta.

T McCreath Calgary Anytime English
P Sisko Calgary Weekend English
I am retired and have been birding since 1993. I have visited and birded in about 30 countries. Calgary is situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains 120 km from Banff. Our number one birding experience is to visit the sloughs east of Calgary. We have an extensive grid of roads one mile apart. Birding can be readily done from a vehicle with minimum walking required. There are many sloughs within a 50 km radius. An excellent spot in the city is the Inglewood bird sanctuary. It is about 5 km from downtown.
A Laing Claresholm Anytime English
Clear Lake, a rural area east of Claresholm/Stavely. Great for water fowl April/May and September. Avocets, stilts, pelicans.
M Liddell Crowsnest Pass Anytime English
I am the chair of Crowsnest Conservation Society's birding committee. All our members are happy to lead visitors to prime birding locations in our area. The Crowsnest Pass, located in North America's largest Golden Eagle migration route, offers an unusual variety of bird populations, an area of great ecological diversity and spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery.
S Gosche Edmonton Weekend English
T Hindmarch Edmonton Anytime English, French, Russian
C Keill Edmonton Weekend English, French
C McEwan Edmonton Anytime English
I love close to the west central river valley in Edmonton. I've seen every thing from Canada Geese to Franklins Gulls and lots of ducks. In the spring there are Bohemian Waxwing and summers are filled with sparrows, finches and warblers. I also spend my summers at Wizard Lake and see woodpeckers, tanagers, cranes, hawks, Red-wing Blackbirds, nuthatches and a bunch of chickadees.
J Bell Edmonton Anytime English
I am retired so can search for birds any time if I am not away on vacation. I will be in Mexico for a few weeks in early 2011 but other than that would welcome birders coming to my city and area. I am an avid bird watcher myself and know the area surrounding Edmonton very well.
M Sharp Edmonton Weekend English, rusty French, some Spanish, German
I am an an academic glaciologist who has been birding for over 40 years - the last 20 in Alberta. Trip leader for Edmonton Nature Club. Very familiar with main birding locations in central Alberta, and knowledgeable re sites in southern Boreal, Badlands, Grasslands and Rocky mountains.
J Bingham Empress Anytime English
I have been a keen birder for many years and have spent just as many photographing nature and lately mostly bird photography. i live in a unique area with many rare species.
I Wallis Ferintosh Anytime English
We're experienced amateurs who enjoy bird watching and photography. We live on a minor spring migration flyway, in the countryside near Beaverhill Lake (about one hour south east of Edmonton) Alberta. We welcome inquiries for information and would enjoy providing visitors with locations, species lists, travel hints and coffee.
G Popp Kramer Pond Anytime English


  J Tupper Manning Anytime English
  I am an amateur birdwatcher and a nature nut. I have extensive knowledge of all the birds, animals, and plants in this area. My passion is all wildlife, and wildlife photography. Now retired. Area:
Lac Cardinal, Lake Winagami, Notikewin Park, Kemp River

Area Birds:
Purple Finch, Evening Grosbeak, Least Flycatcher, Boreal Chickadee, Flicker, Trumpeter Swan, Tree Swallow, and many others.

All wild things. Fishing, Photography, home and vehicle repairs, Wild edibles, and much more.


  L Munro Medicine Hat/Empress Anytime English
  I live about 90 miles north of Medicine Hat along the Alberta/Sask border in a small town called Empress, so the area i can tour is Medicine Hat, Brooks, Oyen and Empress.

have been birding for about 10 years, familiar with sounds of birds as well, example grasshopper sparrows...which can be hard to see if you don't hear them 1st.

I work 3 days week, but with enough notice I can tour fellow birders.
I live in a very diverse area where the opportunity to see a variety of birds that range from the Prairies, Rivers, badlands and natural springs
Area Birds:
Long billed curlew,longspurs, meadowlarks,yellow chats,spotted towhee,night hawk

Nature: birdwatching,

L Nawalkowski Ponoka Anytime English
I am a retired school teacher who currently spends spare time as a volunteer at hospitals and with Victim Services. Birding would be primarily prairie species, except during migration when we might see some additional birds. I am located between Edmonton and Calgary, AB. Birding could be done at some of the larger sloughs in the area, as well as at lakes and rivers. I have been actively birding since 1971. On the waterways, the best time of the year to bird is in the spring, but many species remain in the area all summer.

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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
W Millar Edmonton Anytime English
During my tenure as the Ranger-in-Charge of the Cooking Lake - Blackfoot Forest Reserve, I had the pleasure of watching Wayne conduct tours since 2001 with a wide variety of guests from all around the world. His knowledge of the history, trails network and mammals and birds of the Beaver Hills area is second to none. His guiding practises are to be commended. Edwin Whitelock, Ranger-in-Charge (ret), Cooking Lake - Blackfoot Forest Reserve.

Local Information
Name Description
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Alberta
Local weather Yahoo
Federation of Alberta Naturalists Club
The Calgary Field Naturalists' Society Club
Edmonton Nature Club Club
Weaselhead Society Club
Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary Club
Prairie Potholes and Parks Sites
Alberta Grasslands Sites
Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park Festival
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites

Last update 02/03/2014