December Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The latest edition of the quarterly newsmagazine is now available online in the Members section of this website. Revel in some superb bird photographs by members and read about:

  • The extraordinary influx of rarities this fall
  • Latest BCFO information
  • The final flourish of the Young Birders under Melissa Hafting
  • Local and international trip reports
  • Some unexpected avian encounters
  • All the usual features
  • –And for listers, instructions on how to get your updated lists into the Spring edition

Hard copy subscribers ($12 annually allows you to read the magazine in peace without electronics) will receive their copy through the post in due course.

September Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The September edition of BC Birding is now available via the Members area.

This 36-page edition includes numerous reports covering the Golden Conference and a complete listing of the birds seen on the various conference field trips. Also included is new information on a two-day –- make that three-day — trip to the Bella Coola Valley and Anahim Lake, to take place on May 16–18, 2020. There are also some surprising avian encounters; news on the further exploits of our Young Birders; two articles on Numenius, and all the usual columns and superb photographs. Hard-copy subscribers will receive the printed edition in due course.

June 2019 Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The latest edition of BC Birding is now available via the Members area.

This 26-page edition includes a reminder of the Golden Conference for those who have not yet registered plus an updated description of the field trips on offer. There is also a front-page quiz, some BCFO news, a tale from one of our Young Birders of a first pelagic trip, some advice for birders whose hearing is not quite what it used to be, five special features, and all the usual columns and superb photographs. Hard-copy subscribers will receive the printed edition in due course.

New Bird Records Committee members announced. Latest Decisions (Round 26) posted.

The BCFO Board of Directors welcomes two new members to the provincial Bird Records Committee: Cathy Antoniazzi and David Bradley.

The Board also extends its warmest thanks for their years of diligent and respectful work on the committee to both Chris Charlesworth and Mike Toochin who now rotate off the committee having reached the conclusion of their terms.

The BCFO Bird Records Committee of course continues its reviews of sightings of the province’s rare birds. The result of the latest committee decisions transferred Arctic Loon from the Provisional List to the Main Provincial List.

Photo: David Bell

To see the full report of recently accepted records, follow the link here or use the drop down menu above, BRC Public – Round 26.

OPEN NOW – Registration and Payment pages for AGM and Extension

Registration and payment pages now open. You can find them under the Events drop-down menu above, or via the links below.

Register and Pay for the Golden AGM and Conference HERE


Register and Pay for the Pre-AGM Extension Trip HERE


The details and schedule of the AGM have been expanded and updated. You can check them out HERE before linking to the payment pages above.

Announcing: Southern Alberta pre-AGM Extension Trip 2019

Details have now been finalized for this year’s Extension Trip to Southern Alberta.

An exciting adventure awaits participants as we explore the prairie potholes and foothills of Alberta. An amazing array of birds will be looked for including:

Sharp-tailed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Clark’s Grebe, Common Nighthawk, Yellow Rail, Sandhill Crane, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Piping Plover, Upland Sandpiper, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Wilson’s Phalarope, Franklin’s Gull, Black Tern, American White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, Swainson’s Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Great Gray Owl, Burrowing Owl, Prairie Falcon, Alder Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Brown Thrasher, Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown’s Longspur, Blue Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Winter Wren, Rock Wren, Lark Sparrow, Baird’s Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Sprague’s Pipit,  Grasshopper Sparrow, Brewer’s Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Baird’s Sparrow, Yellow-breasted Chat, Bobolink, Baltimore Oriole, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Tennessee Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Cape May Warbler, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak

NOTE: The Registration and Payment pages for the AGM and Extension will open at 9:00 am PDT April 6, 2019. In order to participate in the Extension, you must be a current BCFO member, and registered for the AGM.

Full details of the Extension and itinerary here.

BCFO Young Birder Award 2019

The BCFO Young Birder Program welcomes talented young birders into the BC birding community, and provides them with opportunity, encouragement, and mentoring.

As part of the program, we present Young Birder Awards to youth who meet certain qualifications. To be selected for a BCFO Young Birder Award, recipients must be between 11 and 18 years of age, 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.

The Awards Program, now in its sixth year, continues to grow as we find many young, keen, committed birders from around BC. Each recipient receives a free membership to BCFO until age 18, a memorial plaque, and a stylish BCFO ball cap.

In 2019 we are very pleased to welcome Sasha Fairbairn, another talented and committed Young Birder to this very talented group of young people. Congratulations, Sasha.

Sasha Fairbairn, Surrey


Photo: Melissa Hafting

In common with many of our award winners, Sasha is a committed volunteer. The Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society benefits from Sasha’s involvement in a couple of ways. She helps with their social media web pages, and not surprisingly, is also a birding guide for the society, which welcomes visitors to Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest Park near her home in Surrey.

This past summer Sasha attended the Beaverhill Bird Observatory Young Ornithologists Workshop in Alberta where she learned to band birds, and was able to greatly increase her knowledge of matters ornithological.

Sasha enjoys birding with others and participated in the Manning Park Bird Blitz, which she intends to make an annual event.

Previously Sasha lived in New Zealand and this is where her love of birding developed. And now she has even got her parents interested in birding! She participates in Project FeederWatch, and the Great Backyard Bird Count. She enters her sightings into eBird, and writes her own blog about birds and birding <>.

Keen to promote conservation of the environment, Sasha is an accomplished writer too. In 2017 she won a youth contest called “A voice for animals” <>.
She is a great birder with intense passion for the hobby and is a very welcome addition to BCFO’s Young Birder Award recipients.

March 2019 Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The March 2019 edition of BC Birding is now available via the members’ area.
This 40-page edition includes some BCFO news and notices; details of the 2019 AGM and conference in Golden; Listers’ Corner; a cautionary but compelling tale from one of our Young Birders; reports on birding in the Amazon and Arizona, more than two dozen fine photographs from members; some pleasing Avian Encounters; and all the usual features. Hard-copy subscribers will receive the printed edition in due course.


Bird Records Committee Vacancies

December 2018 Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The latest installment of the newsmagazine is now available via the members’ area. This 32-page edition carries some BCFO news, the annual Listers’ Corner invitation, five great trip reports, detailed information on Goshawks and Merlins, 34 fine photographs, and all the usual features.
Hard-copy subscribers will receive the printed edition in due course.