Alberta bird watching
Province Bird: Great Horned Owl
Checklist for Alberta
Number of Species Seen in Alberta: 389
Recommended Bird Field Guides:
Sibley Guide to Birds
Birds of the Northern Rockies
Watchable Birds of the Rocky Mountains
National Geographic - Birds of North America
Birds of North America CD-ROM
Rare Bird Alerts:
Calgary (403) 237-8821
Edmonton (780) 433-2473
Transcripts of rare bird reports
Discover the top birding locations in Alberta. Find out more about Alberta Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in Alberta. Print out a checklist of Alberta birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Alberta. Order books to help you become a better birder in Alberta. Discover links to Alberta Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Alberta before you begin your trip.
Recommended Alberta Birdwatching Hotspots:
Banff National Park / Lake Louise
51.51 N 116.11 W
One of the most beautiful spots in the Canadian Rockies. Over 260 species have been recorded here. Birding is good even in the winter. Look for Clark's Nutcrackers, Black-capped, Boreal and Mountain Chickadees.
Elk Island National Park / Beaverhill Lake
53.60 N 112.81 W
Located 25 miles east of Edmonton, the park is a series of small hills with wetlands between them. There is a Snow Goose festival in the spring and fall, but it is a great place at all times for birding.
Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary
53.44 N 113.77 W
Southwest of Edmonton, this sanctuary has been designated as one of Alberta's "Special Places". Trails wind their way through marshes, sand hills, meadows and aspen and pine woods. May through August are the best times to visit.
Drumheller / Newell Lake
50.51 N 111.94 W
Near Brooks, Alberta, this is a fantastic area for birds. American White Pelicans and American Avocets can be found here in the summer.
52.71 N 117.53 W
This huge National Park is high in the Canadian Rockies. Habitat ranges from alpine meadows and tundra to forested valleys. Visit Talbot lake for waterfowl and Cottonwood Slough for Owls. Go from late March through September.
- More on Birding in Alberta:
- Birding Festivals
- Alberta's Special Places
- Peregrine Falcon Home Page
- Hot Spots
- Banff National Park - Birding
- Birds of Mt. Robson
- Blue Ridge Area plus MacKay Nojak and Hanna
- Whitney Lakes Provincial Park
If you would like to recommend a great birding spot in this region, please feel free to contact us at info(at)birding.com. We welcome your suggestions!
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