British Columbia Birds – In Press article

The following In press paper is now available on the BCFO Member’s area of the British Columbia Birds web site:

Hollenberg,  E.J.R.  and  E.  Demers.  2017.  Black  Oystercatcher  (Haematopus  bachmani)  foraging  on  varnish  clams  (Nuttallia  obscurata)  in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

BCFO Featured Photographer #14 – Alan Burger

BCFO proudly presents #14 in our series of Featured Photographers.  Alan Burger is an experienced field biologist, long-time BCFO member, and current president of BC Nature.  Although he has worked in far-flung corners of the world, his eye-catching images submitted for this feature were mostly taken near where he resides in an off-the-beaten-track corner of southern BC.  View and read it all here.

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British Columbia Birds – New location

British Columbia Birds now has its own web site: It is also accessible from the Publications menu on the BCFO web site.

All past journal articles, with the exception of the current issue and In press articles—available to BCFO members only—are now accessible to everyone as open access articles in PDF format. Articles from all journal issues are also searchable by author, species, or other keywords.

Special thanks to Les Gyug, who added the title, abstract, authors, and keywords to the properties of the PDF file for every article since publication began in 1991, and to Art and Sue Martell, who prepared abstracts and keywords for journal articles from the first four issues of the journal where those attributes were lacking.

These additions should improve the relevance of the British Columbia Birds web site to search engines and thus improve the accessibility of the articles to web searches.


BC Birding – September 2016



The latest issue of BC Birding, our news magazine, is now available in the Members Area.

The September edition is a birder’s cornucopia: book reviews, reports of fabulous birding trips in BC and further afield, updates from the Young Birders Program, the next set of ornithological Briefings, plus the continuing The Reflective Birder series are all to be found for your enjoyment. And like the outstanding cover photo above, there’s more great photography inside too.

Bird Records Committee – February 2016 Accepted Records Round 11

Round 11 accepted records of the BCFO Bird Records Committee are now posted in BRC Public above, or linked here.

Of note is that this round consisted entirely of records of rare hummingbirds in the province, and included a review the 1997 Xantus’s Hummingbird record from Gibsons.

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Among many materials used by the Bird Records Committee to make their decisions on Round 11 were these specimens of Green Violetears (right) and Sparkling Violetears (left) from Louisianna State University. Photo: James van Remsen Jr.

A full report of all the committee’s Round 11 deliberations will be published in an upcoming issue of BCFO’s journal, British Columbia Birds.

You will also find the BCFO Rare Bird Report Form and the Provincial Review List under the same drop-down menu. Submissions of rare bird sightings in British Columbia are invited and encouraged.

British Columbia Birds–In Press

The following In press paper from British Columbia Birds is now available on the BCFO Member’s area of the web site:

Sealy,  S.G.  2017. A  summary  of  landbird  banding  near Tlell,  Haida  Gwaii,  British  Columbia,  autumn  1997.


BC Birding – June 2016


The latest issue of BC Birding, our news magazine, is now available in the Members Area.

As usual you’ll find this latest issue stuffed full of interesting articles and information: the Young Birders Program, the next sets of Avian Encounters and ornithological Briefings, plus a feature on avoiding bird collisions with buildings, and our continuing The Reflective Birder series.

Cranbrook 2016 – Top Notch Annual Conference

Birders – Lone Butte, Marysville

Birding the Rocky Mountain Trench

The BCFO 25th anniversary AGM and Conference, held at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook, was a great milestone in the society’s history, and attendees enjoyed fabulous birding before, during, and after the conference.

With over 80 delegates attending, birders met up with old friends, enjoyed good food, good presentations, good company and of course, good birds. Front page news in the local paper, The Townsman, BCFO’s first visit to Cranbrook was a resounding success due in no small part to the expert help of our local partners the Rocky Mountain Naturalists.

Following 5:15 am breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, attendees enjoyed field trips to Ha-Ha Creek, Skookumchuck Prairie IBA, Spray Irrigation – Three Ponds, Wycliffe, including Lone Butte, and Elizabeth Lake. Many thanks go to local guides Alan Barnard, Dianne Cooper, Ruth Goodwin, Dean Nicholson, Greg Ross, and Daryl Calder.

The Saturday afternoon technical session, prior to the Annual General Meeting proper, featured Dr.David Bradley giving a comprehensive overview of the newly completed BC Breeding Bird Atlas. Our banquet keynote speaker was Jared Hobbs, who delivered an informative and passionate presentation about the plight of both Western Screech-Owls, and Spotted Owls in BC.

Chris Siddle was this year’s worthy recipient of the Steve Canning’s Award who, in his acceptance speech, graciously credited numerous BC birders who have helped and inspired him.

Mike McGrenere has assumed the role of BCFO President. Marian Porter and Monica Nugent are the new additions to the board. Congratulations all! George Clulow will be sticking around as Past President, and working with the board on a number of key projects. To view the full Board of BCFO and members’ various responsibilities, follow the link here.

Eastern Kingbird, Kinbrook Island PP

Eastern Kingbird

As mentioned above, birding trips were a major component of the AGM. A full slate of trips was offered before and after the Cranbrook meeting.

May 26-27 – Two-day Trip, Creston Valley
Gary Davidson of Nakusp, and Paul Prappas of Nelson, with key help from Craig Sandvig of Castlegar led a very pleasant two-day trip around the Creston Valley accompanied by a huge turnout of 28 BCFO members. Among many highlights were Forster’s Terns, and a Wild Turkey with at least seven immature turkeys following along. A Tennessee Warbler, which only occurs in that part of the Kootenays approximately every four or five years, was also seen well.

Forster's Terns, Duck Lake

Forster’s Terns – Duck Lake, Creston

Extension Trips, Birding the Prairie Potholes – May 24th – 27th and May 29th – June 1st
Dan Arndt of Bow Valley Birding & Wildlife Tours led two fantastic tours across part of Southern Alberta, with overnights in Lethbridge, Brooks, and Cochrane. Highlights were numerous but included  McCown’s Longspur, and Chestnut-collared Longspurs, 17 Lark Buntings!, some great action from Sprague’s Pipits,
Baird’s Sparrow, Ferruginous Hawks, with three nests located, Nelson’s and LeConte’s Sparrows, Yellow Rails, Burrowing Owl, Upland Sandpipers, Sedge Wrens, and a Northern Mockingbird.

Full trip write-ups will appear in the September issue of BC Birding.

Western Kingbird Dinosaur PP

Western Kingbird

British Columbia Birds – In press article

The following In press papers from British Columbia Birds are now available on the BCFO Member’s area of the web site:

Gyug, L.W. and J.T. Weir. 2017. American Avocet and Black­-necked Stilt breeding status and population trends at Kelowna, British Columbia, 1997­–2015.

Gyug, L.W. and J.T. Weir. 2017. American Avocet breeding habitat, behaviour and use of nesting platforms at Kelowna, British Columbia.


BC Breeding Bird Atlas published online

The British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas is now complete, and freely available online for everyone. It’s a stunning document visually and impressively detailed in its coverage of BC’s 320 breeding birds. This landmark publication is the first of its kind in Canada to be published online, and it’s thought to be the most comprehensive web resource of its type in the world. User-friendly features make it accessible to environmental professionals, students, educators, and members of the public.

The Atlas is the result of one of the largest citizen science initiatives the province has ever seen:  1,300 British Columbians, including many BCFO members, contributed 60,000 hours of dedicated volunteerism over the eight years of the project.  The public-private initiative was supported by 140 partners, donors and special contributors.

This milestone is particularly rewarding for BCFO members as we have been supporters of this major project since its inception. Congratulations to all involved.

A sample species account is copied below, but there is so much more available at the Atlas website.

Atlas VATH account-1

Atlas VATH account 2-2