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2021 Annual General Meeting via Zoom Thursday, June 24, 2021, 7:00 PM PDT

The meeting will have the usual business items of the Annual General Meeting. And, not to be missed, the AGM will be followed by an exclusive, for those joining us for the Zoom AGM, keynote presentation by David Bradley on the Long-billed Curlew project in the Prince George area.

We will again be placing items to be reviewed at the AGM (agenda, 2020 AGM minutes, financial report, and other documents) on the website when they are ready for members to review prior to the AGM here.

Similar to 2020, all members will receive an email notice regarding the AGM with the requirement to register for the Zoom meeting. This will be sent one week prior to the AGM.

Long-billed Curlew* – Blackie Spit

BCFO Young Birder Promotes Kootenay Birding

Least Sandpiper – Kootenay Lake

BCFO Young Birder Award (2020) recipient Gaelen Schnare is expanding his birding passion to promote tourism and birding in the Kootenay.

Check out Gaelen’s video at Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism.

And while you’re watching the video, take a close look at his light blue ballcap.

Fraser River Delta – New Study Published

Publicly Available Now

Dunlin in winter on Boundary Bay

BCFO is pleased to announce and make available to the public a Special Issue (vol 32) of British Columbia Birds devoted entirely to: The status, ecology and conservation of internationally important bird populations on the Fraser River Delta, British Columbia, Canada.

Select the link below to view or download a copy.

BCFO members should note that you will shortly receive an email with the new password for the Members area and a link to Volume 31 of British Columbia Birds.

Another BCFO Young Birder Success Story

Adam Dhalla, Young Birder Award recipient in 2017, has been working hard to merge his love of birds with his love of gaming. The result of his efforts and those of his co-creator, has just been released on the Apple App Store, and on Google Play.

Find the Birds is a free-to-download, free-to-play educational mobile game for all ages about birds & conservation.

Players travel the globe searching for birds and do conservation quests to help them. The first in-game location available in the release is Arizona, USA, and includes the critically endangered California Condor in its line-up of species. The second in-game location will be British Columbia, to be added this July.

Find the Birds is a great way for all ages to learn about nature & science safely during the pandemic in an environmentally friendly way. Games are of course zero-carbon.

Apple App Store full download link:

Or, you can search for Find the Birds.

Google Play Store download link: 

Congratulations to Adam on this significant achievement. And as a footnote, it’s worth recalling that after Adam received the BCFO award in 2017 he went on to become recipient of the 2018 American Birding Association Young Birder of the Year Award.

BCFO 2021 Young Birder on CBC Radio

Cameron Montgomery one of our 2021 Young Birder Award recipients is featured on CBC radio searching for early spring birds in Burnaby. Listen here.

Creston Valley Bird Festival 2021

Creston Valley Bird Festival goes virtual this year with live webinars plus some Covid-safe outdoor events. Registration opens April 1st.

Here you can Choose Your Own Adventure, or view here the Schedule of Webinars and Outdoor Events .


Featured Photographer #21 – Val George

The BCFO is pleased to present the next in our series of Featured Photographers.  Val hails from Victoria, and is a long-term member of BCFO known to many for his wide interests in natural history beyond birds. Check out Val’s photography here.

Birding Travel Presentations Continue in March and April

Next up in our Zoom presentations by members for members will be Alan Burger’s presentation Birds of the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic. In April Rand Rudland will present Madagascar – Endemism in a Threatened Landscape.

Times, dates, and details of the presentations are found in the Members area.

Snow Petrel

BCFO Young Birder Awards 2021

Once again BCFO is delighted to present this year’s Young Birder Award recipients. As flag carriers for the future of birding they are both notable ambassadors, and outstanding young people. The BCFO Young Birder Award welcomes talented young birders into the BC birding community providing them with recognition, opportunity, encouragement, and mentoring.

The Young Birder Awards are presented 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 Board of Directors.

2021 is the eighth year of the BCFO Awards Program as we continue to 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.


Congratulations to Daniel Graca, Evan Larson, Cameron Montgomery, and Sage Pasay the 2021 BCFO Young Birder Award recipients. They join the ranks of a very talented and growing group of British Columbia young birders.

Daniel Graca

In her nomination of Daniel, Melissa Hafting says:

This amazing young man has been birding undetected in the local birding scene for far too long. He’s loved birding since he was a tiny tot. Birding with Daniel and his dad this fall I was amazed by his skill. He picked up a Blue Jay in flight, at a great distance, and described carefully why it was a Blue Jay and not a Steller’s or California Scrub-Jay. Daniel also identifies birds by ear. He follows the BC Rare Bird Alert closely, and with the help of his parents who do the driving, he successfully twitches many of the rarities. He also finds his own rare birds, such as the adult Sabine’s Gull he found and photographed in the Fraser Valley. In the past he’s gone with family to Europe, Mexico and the US to look at birds.

This talented young birder deserves the Young Birder Award for his commitment and his skill.  He raises money for the CWF and OWL, and is passionate about habitat conservation for birds and wildlife. He’s also passionate about bringing awareness to the problem of window strikes and to making homes and windows bird friendly.


Evan Larson

In her nomination of Evan, Melissa Hafting says:

Evan has been birding since 2017, is tack sharp, but also knows when to consult others on a difficult identification.  He first got interested in birds on finding a Birds of BC field guide that his dad owned. Looking at the list of birds in the back of the book, Evan wondered how many of those he could see in a day. Heading to Reifel one morning, with field guide in hand, he identified a notable thirty-eight species. Pretty good for a beginner! He was hooked right then and there becoming a keen twitcher.

He follows the Rare Bird Alert blog religiously. We have birded together when he began chasing every rare bird reported in the Metro Vancouver area. Not just a twitcher, Evan also loves birding his local patch of Jericho Park, which he does at least 3 times a week. His parents are delighted with his birding passion. Not only travelling to destinations in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewn, Evan has also visited Australia, Belize, and Costa Rica to see birds.

As citizen scientist he reports all his sightings to eBird. Evan is very thorough, patient, and detailed when it comes to birding. He reviews photos posted to eBird and finds many misidentifications made by other birders. Like I said, he is one sharp kid!

Evan is polite, kind, ethical, and is passionate about conservation. He hopes to pursue the field of ornithology, and to do some volunteer work with OWL. He takes beautiful photos and always ensures the birds are given the space and respect they need and deserve.


Cameron Montgomery

In his nomination of Cameron, Dan Pontalti says:

The first time I met Cameron was at Reifel one spring day a year and a half ago; his excitement in the birds – and especially about seeing new birds – was obvious.  He was keen to learn about the Black Phoebe we saw that day.  I later saw him at Maplewood Flats, and this time he had a decent camera and took some fine shots of a Redhead.  Again, I saw that he was eager to see, and learn about a new bird.  Later, I also saw Cameron, camera in hand, in Stanley Park as we watched a Cassin’s Auklet.  Quite aside from merely twitching new birds, Cameron‘s birding skills will surely grow alongside his camera skills!

From Cameron:

I have been birding for over two years now, and have learned lots about birds along the way. I love to take many pictures of the birds I encounter with my ‘Nikon Coolpix P900’ camera. My favourite time of year to go birding is spring migration, when many of my favourite birds are present in my hometown, Burnaby. One of my most exciting bird sightings was when I discovered 10 Pine Grosbeaks on Mount Seymour.


Sage Pasay

In his nomination of Sage, Allan Jensen says:

I first became acquainted with Sage in the summer of 2019.  I had heard about her from a naturalist friend of mine who has for many years been exploring and photographing the flora and fauna of Stanley Park.  He told me about this bright young woman who seemed to be a gifted birder.  A few weeks later I encountered Sage out in the field and I could see that she has a real talent for finding and focusing on birds. Over time it became clear that she has a real interest in birds and a talent for spotting and identifying various species. She has passed on info about quite a few of the less common Stanley Park birds to me and others who regularly birdwatch in the area.

Sage has clearly displayed a serious commitment to birds for some time now, and she has developed very good skills in spotting and observing birds.  She has developed a mature and disciplined approach to spending time observing bird behaviour. Also, over the past few months she has devoted a lot of her time in the field to photographing the birds she encounters.

Over the past year or so Sage has been part of the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) monthly bird survey of Beaver Lake and Lost Lagoon.  This survey has historically been done by a group.  Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic such group activities have not been possible; Sage has kept the survey going by herself (her parents usually go along to help with spotting and filling out data sheets).

Sage regularly posts her sighting on eBird, often including photos.  In the field she willingly shares sightings and information with other birders.


Birding Travel Presentation – Peru

In this, the second of our birding travel adventure presentations by members, for members, join Larry Cowan on Wednesday, 17th February 2021 at 7:30 pm for a Peruvian birding adventure from Lima to the heart of the Amazon.

Photo; Inca Tern by Gary Davidson

Details for viewing the presentation are found in the Members area.