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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.


Bird Records Committee Vacancies

Latest Bird Records Committee decisions posted

The BCFO Bird Records Committee continues its reviews of sightings of the province’s rare birds. The result of the latest committee decisions added one new species to the Main Provincial List.

Photo: Guy Monty

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

BCFO Featured Photographer #17

The BCFO once again proudly presents one of our members as “Featured Photographer” – #17 in our series. John Reynolds has years of experience as a biological scientist and nature lover, but only recently has tried his hand at more serious bird photography. His presentation HERE demonstrates how quickly he has managed to develop skills and produce some remarkable images.

Photo: John Reynolds

Young Birder Award winners on Gen Why? TV

During the International Ornithological Congress held in Vancouver this past August, a number of BCFO’s Young Birders each participated in a very popular and well-attended public presentation.

Following up on this public success, the group was profiled in a Gen Why? TV short feature highlighting the Young Birders Program and this talented, and exciting group of young people.

See our young birders here.

All the Young Birders featured in the video linked above are recipients of BCFO’s Young Birder Award, part of BCFO’s Young Birders Program.

Flesh-footed Shearwater photographed by Young Birder Bridget Spencer on a recent Young Birders Program pelagic trip out of Tofino.


New Checklist of British Columbia Birds now published

As many readers already know, we now have a new BCFO Checklist of British Columbia Birds (August 2018). The checklist’s publication coincided with the 27th International Ornithological Congress just held in Vancouver August 19 – 26th. Each delegate to the conference received a special commemorative edition of the checklist included in their registration package.

The checklist is the result of the concerted efforts of many people, but our particular thanks should be extended to the members of the BCFO Bird Records Committee, and committee chair Nathan Hentze.

BCFO is now pleased to announce the general availability of the new checklist.


BCFO members will receive their copies, at no cost, by mail shortly.

We are now accepting orders, in increments of 50 copies, @ $2.00 per copy plus shipping for the twenty-four page, stapled booklet.

Please enter your order in the Leave a Reply box below and include your name, address, delivery location, and an email contact address for us to follow up with payment requirements and advice on shipping costs.

We anticipate receiving orders from businesses, nature clubs, NGO’s, other organizations, and perhaps individuals who will act as local distribution contacts in more under-serviced areas of the province.

We are doing our best to make the checklist available as widely as possible, but at this time, we are unable to fill individual orders, or supply the checklists in smaller batches.

However, the checklist is available for immediate download here, albeit not in the handy stapled booklet form of the printed copy.

For those outside the Lower Mainland, Wild Birds Unlimited will, on request, include a checklist with orders which it ships to customers.

For Lower Mainlanders, copies of the checklist will be available at the Reifel bookstore, and in the two Wild Birds Unlimited stores in Vancouver and North Vancouver.

Below are sample pages to illustrate the organization and set up of the checklist.



Sample checklist page.


Latest Bird Records Committee decisions posted

The BCFO Bird Records Committee continues its hard work reviewing sightings of the province’s rare birds. The latest set of decisions includes three new species added to the provincial main list.

Photo: Liron Gertsman

Follow the link here or use the drop down menu above – BRC Public.

BCFO Young Birders fly high at IO Congress 2018

Photo: Ian Harland

BC Field Ornithologists Young Birders are staged to deliver four incredible talks at the West Exhibition Hall on Thursday, Aug. 23rd from 1:30-2:30

Adam Dhalla “Shade-Grown Coffee in Costa Rica & its Positive Impact on Birds”

Toby Theriault “Seabirds and Plastic Pollution”

Ian Harland “The Artistic Side of Bird Photography”

Liron Gertsman “The Importance of Photography for Conservation”

Moderated by Melissa Hafting. Please come out to support BCFO youth. Admission to the Expo is only $10 and includes all talks at the Community Theater, access to Exhibitor booths, Artist for Conservation Silent Skies mural and more…