British Columbia Birds – In Press article

The following In press paper from British Columbia Birds is now available on the BCFO Member’s area of the web site:

McKenzie, C. 2016. First record of a Red-flanked Bluetail for Canada.

BC Birding – June 2015 edition

BC Birding Jun 2015 Cover

The latest edition of our newsmagazine BC Birding is now available for download or reading on-line in the members area above.

As usual it is packed with information for your enjoyment: trip reports of 115 species seen during the recent Cache Creek/Spences Bridge two-day trip, Mike Church’s summaries of fascinating findings from ornithological research, Clive Keen’s reflections on birding, the Provincial Rare Bird sightings report from Chris Charlesworth, and much more.

British Columbia Birds – In Press article

The following In press paper from British Columbia Birds is now available on the BCFO Member’s area of the web site:

Carter, H. R. 2016. Nesting of Double-crested Cormorants and other seabirds at the Ballingall Islets, British Columbia, in 1933–1936.

BCFO Featured Photographer #10 – Brian Stech

BCFO is once again proud to present another entry (#10) to our ‘Featured Photographer Series’. Brian Stech is a well-known, long-time, Lower Mainland birder who has added a camera to his arsenal with some impressive results. His subjects presented here range from one of the very rarest BC birds of the century to the commonest of the common. To view Brian’s work, use the “Features” drop-down menu above, or the link here.

The Featured Photographer Series presents the work of BCFO members who photograph wild birds in BC.

BC Nightjar Survey 2015 – Surveyor Opportunities

WildResearch <> is seeking volunteers for the BC Nightjar Survey, a citizen science program to survey for nightjars in BC. Why? Little is known about Common Nighthawk and Common Poorwill populations BC, and there is concern that they may be declining. Help researchers learn more!

Volunteers across BC are needed to survey for nightjars between mid-June and mid-July. Routes require only two to three hours to survey, and one hour of data entry. Routes are a series of roadside stops and need to be surveyed only once per year during the breeding season. Everyone with a vehicle, and good hearing is invited to conduct a BC Nightjar Survey!

To sign up or to learn more, visit the BC Nightjar Survey webpage <> at or email learn about the success of the program and preliminary results, check out the 2014 BC Nightjar Survey Annual Report <>


Cache Creek/Spences Bridge May 16-17 – Registration Closed

The 2-Day Field Trip for Members to Cache Creek/Spences Bridge is now full. Even though our two leaders, Brian Murland and Adrian Leather, added a second section to accommodate the demand, we are now at capacity. If you are still interested in the trip, please email Adrian to put you on the waitlist.


Two-Day Field Trips for Members 2015 series

In Tours and Trips under the Events tab above you will now find the full schedule of Two-Day Trips for 2015.


Bird Records Committee – March 2015 Accepted Records

The latest set (Round 7) of accepted records of the BCFO Bird Records Committee is now posted in BRC Public under the BRC drop-down menu above.

A full report of all the committee’s Round 7 deliberations will be published in an upcoming issue of BCFO’s journal, British Columbia Birds.

Also note that the recently published BCFO Rare Bird Report Form and the Provincial Review List are also under the same drop-down menu. Submissions of rare bird sightings in British Columbia are invited and encouraged.

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Photo: James Bradley




BCFO Young Birder Awards 2015

BCFO proudly presents this year’s recipients of the recently established BCFO Young Birder Award. The program, started in 2014, welcomes talented young birders into the BC birding community and recognizes their accomplishments, contributions to, and engagement with birds and birding in the province.

To be selected for a BC Young Birder Award, recipients must be 16 or under and have:

  • exceptional observational and birding skills well beyond the ’novice’ level
  • shown substantive engagement in the activities of the birding community through their accomplishments, participation, and contributions
  • been nominated and sponsored by a BCFO member and approved by the Executive Committee.

This year we are pleased to have four outstandingly worthy recipients, including our first young women, the first siblings, and the first from Vancouver Island. Interestingly, three of the recipients participated in last year’s Baillie Birdathon at Penticton’s Meadowlark Festival as members of the ‘Western Teenagers’ team, organized by Russ Cannings. All of them submit sighting records to eBird.

Here are our 2015 recipients, presented in alphabetical order:

Joshua Brown, North Vancouver, age 14, nominated by Russell Cannings.

Josh has been birding with his family for quite a few years, and has recently upped his game to an impressive level. He takes excellent bird photos, posts to birding lists, and submits copious records to eBird. Last May he was part of the ‘Western Teenagers’ team at the Penticton Meadowlark Festival. In August he joined up with two of last year’s Young Birder recipients Liron Gertsman and Logan Lalonde <2014 Young Birders> for a Vancouver Big Day when they found a real rarity, a Reeve at Reifel Refuge.

Joshua Brown

Joshua Brown


Isaac Nelson, Kamloops, age 14, nominated by Rick Howie.

Isaac is a very skilled and active birder in the Kamloops area and has also birded around the Lower Fraser Valley. He participates in virtually every kind of local bird survey – Christmas Bird Counts, Swan & Eagle Counts, Feederwatch – you name it – he does it.  He participated as a member of the ‘Western Teenagers’ at the Penticton Meadowlark Festival. He contributes frequently to on-line birding forums, with over 400 postings to one particular list, often offering help with ID’s and hints for bird-finding. He has submitted well over 300 entries to eBird.


Isaac Nelson


Emma Reader-Lee, Victoria, age 15, nominated by Ann Nightingale.

Emma has been attracted to birds ever since she could walk and talk. She is particularly fascinated by bird behaviour, and is considering a career in ornithology. She participates in numerous bird-related activities, including volunteering at the Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Christmas Bird Counts, Baillie Birdathon, and contributing to eBird. As evident in the photo, photography is yet another part of her credentials.

Emma Reader-Lee

Emma Reader-Lee


Rebecca Reader-Lee, Victoria, age 12, nominated by Ann Nightingale.

Despite her relative youth, Rebecca has already established herself as an exceptionally skilled and keen-eyed observer. She is very actively involved with the Rocky Point Bird Observatory, Christmas Bird Counts, bird photography and sketching, and eBird submissions.  She was a member of the ‘Western Teenagers’ team of youthful birders at Penticton’s Meadowlark Festival last May.

Rebecca Reader-Lee

Rebecca Reader-Lee


We think you will agree that this is a most impressive lineup! Each recipient receives complimentary membership in BCFO until age 16, and a formal plaque in recognition of their achievement.

Congratulations and a hearty “Welcome to the flock!” to Josh, Isaac, Emma and Rebecca. We hope and expect to be hearing more of and from you in the future.

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Registrations for Oliver AGM continue

Registration is still fully open for our Oliver AGM, and for the Pre-conference Two-Day Field Trip to the Kelowna area.

It is only registration for the Extension Trip to Eastern Washington that is now closed. The trip is fully subscribed. However, all registrations received subsequently will be placed on a wait list in order of receipt. We may receive cancellations, in which case we will fill the spaces from the wait list.

Registration forms are located above under Events > Annual Conference.

Here’s a note of the important dates for the AGM:

May 14: Sign up deadline for Kelowna/Okanagan Mountain pre-conference 2-Day Field Trip taking place May 28, 29

May 21: Registration deadline for Oliver AGM

May 29 – 31: Oliver AGM

May 31 – Jun 3: Extension Trip, Eastern Washington