Birding in The Land Between
Birds are captivating and cryptic species that bring many of us a deep sense of joy and place. Within The Land Between region we have diverse birds species ranging from the rare whip-poor-will to the common chickadee!
We welcome birders of all levels and hope that we can inspire you to learn more about our flying friends! Birds teach us about what habitats lie just beyond the horizon, what is happening in our forests, whether an owl is around and even when the sap is running! Become a Birding Community Scientist today to learn more about how you can help all birds including those which are listed as Species At Risk.
Join our 5km Bird Walk and Backyard Bioblitz Programs!
Interested in learning more about birds is your neighbourhood? Want to know the who's who of our musical friends? Participate in our 5km Bird Walk and Backyard Bioblitz Program!
The 5km Bird Walk is similar to the 5 mile Bird Walks that happen down south. Take walks throughout the year within 5km of where you live and document the birds that you see and hear. All of the data you gather will help with our bird conservation research!
To learn more about the birds that you could find each season join our Backyard Bioblitz Program! This can be done in tandem with the 5km Bird Walk and provides an online portal for bird sighting submissions. Learn more about our feathered neighbours and help with scientific research by joining!
Want to become a better birder? Watch our fun video!
Do you like birds? Do you want to become a better birder?
If you find the bird-watching world a bit intimidating to get into, then our Intro to Birding video is a great place to start. Our very own bird expert, Xavier Tuson, takes you through how to choose binoculars, where and when to look for birds, and some key features to look out for.
We also have developed a guide of the 25 Most Common Birds of The Land Between. Learning to identify the common birds first is a great way to get started in your birding journey:
Test yourself and download a checklist
There are 303 birds you can find in the region! Now You Can Download The Land Between Birding Checklist for the region, or purchase one from our online store!
You can further test your bird identification skills with our self-paced slides of photos taken in the Land Between by our famous photographer, Tracey McCann. Tracey also takes most of the beautiful photos you see on our Facebook page.
Birding Events: Migration Birding Walks, Owl Prowls and More...
During spring and fall migration, you are invited to learn about the birds of the Land Between! Join us on one of the many Saturday mornings. In the winter, Owl Prowls are a hoot! Sessions will be led by the Land Between staffer Xavier Tuson. Wear appropriate shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them! We will be limiting the number of participants to ensure appropriate spacing in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.
What is happening to bird populations?
Many bird species all over the world are currently in sharp decline. In fact, the decline of adult bird populations is especially severe for migratory insectivorous (diet consists primarily of insects) species. Together insectivorous (mainly) and grassland species make up most of the bird Species At Risk in the Land Between. (Specifically: Acadian Flycatcher, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Bobolink, Canada Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Chimney Swift, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Eastern Wood-pewee, Evening Grosbeak, Common Nighthawk, Black Tern, Golden-winged Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow pratensis subspecies, Henslow’s Sparrow, Loggerhead Shrike migrans subspecies, Loggerhead Shrike eastern subspecies, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Olive-sided Flycatcher). Pesticide use, habitat loss and climate change are the largest contributors to their decline.
Love learning about birds? Check out our bird blogs!
Hummingbird Population Trends: What You Should Know Many North American bird populations are in decline, but does this include hummingbird species? This question was investigated in a recent research article …Read More
Keep Your Fur Child & Wildlife Safe (aka. Apocalypse Meow) We tend to love and dote upon our pets. We treat them as our children, and post photos of their silly …Read More