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Latest Accepted Records from the Bird Records Committee published

Discussion of Round 31 submissions to the Bird Records Committee has been completed. Consensus decisions to “accept” were made for ten of the twelve submissions for this round. A number of very rare birds for BC are included in this round, including the one pictured below.

Photo: David M. Bell

Check out the full report of these recently accepted records by following the link here, or use the drop down menu above – BRC Public > BRC Round 31. Nov. 2021 to April 2022, Accepted Records

December Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The December 2022 edition of BC Birding is now available in the Members Only section. (You will be emailed the URL if you’ve forgotten the password.)

This is a particularly full edition, including, in addition to the usual features, great photos and BCFO news:

  • Three pages of Avian Encounters
  • A Black Swift Project update
  • Trip notes from Spain and Australia
  • Good news about a tardy hummer
  • A rare spotlight on senior birders
  • Why anthropomorphism can be a good thing
  • UVic’s inter-university birding challenge

Print subscribers ($12 annually allows you to linger over the magazine in full-colour paper form) will receive their copy through the post in due course.

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September Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The September 2022 edition of BC Birding is now available in the Members Only section. (You will be emailed the URL if you’ve forgotten the password.)

Included among the usual features are:

  • An extended fond farewell to Wayne Weber
  • The inaugural For Your Ears Only Column
  • A report on the Smithers conference – see what you missed!
  • A wonderful tale of eagle de-tangling
  • A Greater Sage-Grouse sighting of a lifetime
  • A double helping for bird photographers
  • Nine pages of BCFO and BC birding news
  • Four briefings on ornithological studies
  • Another update on BC paleo-ornithology
  • A Marbled Murrelet study report
  • And plenty more, plus some great photographs

PLUS an unexpected technique for attracting puffins and terns to your window feeder.

Print subscribers ($12 annually allows you to linger over the magazine in paper form) will receive their copy through the post in due course – and for the first time, it will be in full colour.

June Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The June 2022 edition of BC Birding is now available in the Members Only section. (You will be emailed the URL if you’ve forgotten the password.)

Included among the usual features are:

  • Updates on the Smithers Conference and AGM
  • Four pages of BCFO and BC birding news
  • Four unusual avian encounters
  • Five briefings on ornithological studies
  • Features on BC’s pterosaurs, newcomers to BC, BC’s Coastal birds, and vanishing Goshawks
  • Reasons why you’ve never seen a Connecticut Warbler’s nest
  • An addendum for serious listers
  • A useful tip for bird photographers
  • Reasons why people care whether Mrs Moreau might lose her warbler

PLUS an unexpected technique for attracting puffins and terns to your window feeder.

Print subscribers ($12 annually allows you to linger over the magazine in paper form) will receive their copy through the post in due course.

Birding Paradise with Peter Candido – Wednesday, 20th April 2022

Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise. Photo: Peter Candido

Reminder for BCFO members: The next in our very popular series of birding travel presentations takes place next Wednesday, April 20th. This time we’re off to Papua New Guinea with Peter Candido.

More details on the Zoom series are linked below.
For overview of series: <https://bcfo.ca/zoom-presentations-schedule/>
For event details and descriptions: <https://bcfo.ca/upcoming-zoom-presentations-topics-dates-presenters-details/>

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

Brown Sicklebill. Photo: Peter Candido

UK Birding with John Gordon – Wednesday, 16th March 2022

Reminder for BCFO members – the next in our very popular series of birding travel presentations takes place this coming Wednesday.

More details on the Zoom series are linked below.
For overview of series: <https://bcfo.ca/zoom-presentations-schedule/>
For event details and descriptions, including this upcoming presentation go to: <https://bcfo.ca/upcoming-zoom-presentations-topics-dates-presenters-details/>

Also, coming soon to your email inbox is the invitation and link to register for the Birding UK presentation. Look out for it!

Photo: John Gordon
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Photo: John Gordon

March Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The March 2022 edition of BC Birding is now available in the Members Only section. (You will be emailed the URL if you’ve forgotten the password.)
This 40-page edition includes, on top of ornithological briefings and musings, some notable avian encounters, and lots of great bird photographs:

  • Details of the upcoming Smithers Conference and AGM
  • Information on the post-conference trip to Terrace and Kitimat
  • News about resurrected BCFO short trips, starting with Creston
  • A guest editorial explaining why the Canada Jay must be our national bird
  • More birding news from many million years BC
  • Eleven pages of Listers’ Corner tables
  • Thoughts on the Merlin Sound ID app
  • More advice and suggestions on bird photography
  • How not to avoid being harassed by territorial Swainson’s Hawks

Print subscribers ($12 annually allows you to linger over the magazine in paper form) will receive their copy through the post in due course.

BCFO Annual Conference – Smithers 2022

After two years of Covid delays we are delighted to confirm that Smithers will be the destination for our Annual Conference and AGM. Mark your calendars for 24 – 26 June 2022.

Detailed information on the conference, including field trip descriptions and special conference hotel rate, can be found here. or under the Events drop-down tab above. Registration opens early March. Further information on registration and payments will be posted when available. Additional field trips will also be added.

Smithers. Photo courtesy Remax

From IBAs to KBAs: Understanding B.C.’s Important Bird Areas and what’s next for their Protection and Global Recognition

Reminder for BCFO members – the next in our very popular series of presentations by members for members takes place this coming Wednesday, 16 February. For a change of focus this time, we’ll be looking at BC’s Important Bird Areas program as it transitions to the Key Biodiversity Areas program.

Liam Ragan, the current Provincial Coordinator for Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas in B.C. is our presenter.

More details on the Zoom series are linked below.
For overview of series: <https://bcfo.ca/zoom-presentations-schedule/>
For event details and descriptions: <https://bcfo.ca/upcoming-zoom-presentations-topics-dates-presenters-details/>

Also, coming soon to your email inbox is the invitation and link to register for the IBA/KBA presentation. Look out for it!

Photo: Liam Ragan