December Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The December 2023 edition of BC Birding is now available on the BCFO website in the Members Only section. (You will be emailed the URL if you’ve forgotten the password.)

This is another packed edition including, among the regular features:

  • A call for replacement bird names
  • Features on shorebirds, woodpeckers, bluebirds, albatross, and buntings
  • A not-so-fond farewell to the Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • A double feature on bird photography
  • A paean to the world’s most abundant raptor migration
  • Another paean to the humble notebook
  • A final paean to the Merlin Sound app

Print subscribers ($12 annually) will receive their full-colour copy through the post in due course.

Young Birders Program Committee

Do you have a passion for shaping the next generation of birding enthusiasts? The BCFO invites dedicated individuals to contribute to the newly established Young Birders Program Committee!


Established in 2014, the Young Birder Award recognizes outstanding birders aged 11 to 18 for their birding contributions within the province. Previously, a BCFO Young Birders Field Program offered educational field outings for youth to improve their birding skills. In our commitment to enhancing the Young Birders Program, we are undertaking a review of these initiatives to ensure the Program aligns with the interests and reflects the values of young birders across the province.


We are actively seeking individuals to contribute their ideas and insights to guide the evolution of this program. While we especially encourage past and present Young Birder Award/Program members to join, this invitation is extended to any and all who wish to make positive advancements in supporting young birders in the province.


Joining the committee provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills while contributing to the growth of both the Young Birders Program and BCFO. Early career members in particular will gain valuable skills that can be useful towards future job opportunities, while all members can build meaningful connections and make positive impacts.


BCFO operates in a safe space, expecting members to be courteous, respectful and open-minded individuals who can embrace diverse ideas and opinions. As committee communications will be digital (Zoom calls and emails), the ability to access internet and work with basic MS Word and Excel files is required.

How to Apply:

Expressions of Interest can be sent electronically to

American Dippers with John Elliott

Zoom presentation Wednesday, 15th november 2023

American Dipper

Reminder for BCFO members: The next in our very popular series of birding presentations will take place on Wednesday, November 15th. Please join John Elliott for a presentation on American Dippers.

Dr. John Elliott is a research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada at the Pacific Wildlife Research Centre, Delta, B.C. As an adjunct professor at both the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, he does much of his research with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, including the work on dippers.

His presentation will cover dipper biology, early studies in the Chilliwack watershed, and some later work including run-of-the-river hydro and coal mining.

More details on the Zoom series are linked below.
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For event details and descriptions: <>

For BCFO Members, the invitation and Zoom link to register for this presentation will be coming soon to your email inbox. Look out for it!