Two-Day Field Trips Schedule

How the Trips Work:

BCFO two-day field trips are member-led, but participants make their own arrangements for accommodation, food, and travel.

Day 1: all-day birding and then evening get-together at a restaurant to recap the day and tally species.

Day 2: morning birding, afternoon optional birding.

Carpooling is encouraged and will be arranged on the morning of Day 1.

Register at least two weeks in advance. The leader will give specific details of when and where to meet.

Membership in BCFO is required first.: If you are not a member, join or renew here:

Cost: no cost to members; fee to non-members = $30 i.e. cost of BCFO membership.


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Two-Day Field Trips – 2023

Salmon Arm Bay, September 9-10 , 2023

Solitary Sandpipers: photo by Paul Foth

Leader – Don Cecile of Salmon Arm

Registration – Paul Foth at gopishingbc at gmail dot com

Locations and Possible Species

Join Vernon birder Don Cecile for a 2-day exploration of the birds of Salmon Arm Bay. This shallow bay is the premier shorebird, grebe and gull site in the BC Interior, with annual surprising rarities. The trip will cover all of Salmon Arm Bay, including the pier. You can expect plenty of shorebird and waterfowl species. Past September species have included Hudsonian Godwit, American Golden-Plover, Sabine’s Gull, Franklin’s Gull and Common Tern. Birding will focus on shorebird species in particular.

Merritt & Coquihalla Summit, August 19-20, 2023

White-tailed Ptarmigan: photo by Paul Foth

Leaders – Alan Burger of Logan Lake and Paul Foth of 100 Mile House

Registration – paulrfoth at gmail dot com

Locations and Possible Species

Day 1 will begin on Lindley Creek and Midday Valley roads, where we can expect a mix of interior songbird species and the small chance of a late Williamson’s Sapsucker. Then we will head north through Nicola Valley to bird in the grasslands and aspen parklands of the Douglas Lake area.

Day 2 will be spent hiking in alpine habitat at either Illal Creek or Flatiron Mountain. Target birds include White-tailed Ptarmigan, American Pipit, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (uncommon), and other alpine bird species.

100 Mile House, June 23-24, 2023

Yellow-headed Blackbird: photo by Paul Foth

Leader – Paul Foth, BCFO member and local 100 Mile House area birding tour guide.

Registration – paulrfoth at gmail dot com

Locations and Possible Species

This BCFO field trip will cover the 100 Mile House area on the expansive Cariboo plateau, where a few northern and eastern species mix with more common birds of the BC Interior. One day will focus on breeding warblers and songbirds in the rich forested habitats near Canim, Hawkins and Hendrix lakes. Possibilities include Black Tern, Spruce Grouse, Black Swift, Alder Flycatcher, Veery, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, and Tennessee Warbler (rare).

Another day will be spent exploring the marshes, grasslands, aspen parklands and burned areas near 100 Mile House, where Sandhill Crane, Sharp-tailed Grouse (rare), Wilson’s Phalarope, Calliope Hummingbird, Black-backed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Mountain Bluebird, Clay-colored Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and numerous waterfowl species breed.

Two-Day Field Trips – 2022

Creston, May 16-17, 2022

Evening cloud, Duck Lake. Photo: George Clulow

This field trip will follow the Creston Valley Bird Festival, taking place on May 13 to 15, 2022. BCFO participants in the Two-Day Field Trip are encouraged to arrive early to join in with festival events such as birding, kayaking and wine tasting.

For information on that event, see:

The BCFO field trip will cover Duck Lake, Leach Lake and sites that had birding highlights during the festival. These areas are included in the 17,000-acre Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, known for over 300 species of birds, including a breeding population of Forster`s Terns, six species of grebes and high density of Ospreys.

Field Trip Leaders
The leaders are BCFO President Gary Davidson, also a trip leader for the festival, and Paul Foth, BCFO board member and former coordinating committee member for the festival.

To Register
Please contact Marian Porter at if you are interested in this field trip.