Young Birders Program – Field Trips


Photo: Melissa Hafting

Spend a day photographing Loons and their chicks up close by boat in Kamloops – June 22 (Full)
Price: will be given to participants upon registration (includes transportation, boat fee, rental car and gas)

Photo: Melissa Hafting

Overnight trip to Penticton to see Flam Owls and Poorwills (Great Gray, Western Screech- Owls and Boreal Chickadees are likely) – July 8-9 (Spaces now available)
Price – will be given to participants upon registration (includes hotel, gas, car rental fee.

Photo: Melissa Hafting

Pemberton Trip to look for Alder Flycatcher plus a special surprise – July 20
Price – will be given to participants upon registration (includes gas and rental car fee)
Tofino Pelagic – July 30
Price will be given to participants upon registration (includes cost of pelagic, car rental fee, hotel, gas, etc)

Photo: Melissa Hafting

Manning Park Trip – August 24 (Spaces now available)
Price will be given to participants upon registration (includes gas and car rental fee)

Photo: Melissa Hafting

**For all trips parents pay 80% and BCFO pays 20% of the gas and rental car fee.**

As usual, youth and parents please email Mel to register at:



2018 and Before

Young Birders. Photo: Melissa Hafting

Upcoming Events – 2018

If you are between 12-18 years old and want to register, or would like further details on where to meet and at what time for each trip, please contact Melissa Hafting at: bcbirdergirl(at)gmail(dot)com

Important. Please register early to avoid disappointment. For trips designated as “FULL” please put your name on the waiting list if you want to come. Registrants may become sick or cancel, which would open up a space for you.

Note: All trips depart at 7:00 am


PRINCETON TRIP August and Swan lakes – July 14, 2018 – FULL

PTARMIGAN HIKE, Illal Peak – August 19, 2018 – FULL

KAYAKING, KILLARNEY LAKE, BOWEN ISLAND – August 22, 2018 – Still spaces, reserve soon

TOFINO PELAGIC (OVERNIGHT TRIP) -September 8-9, 2018 – new trip, reserve soon

HAWK WATCH Sooke – September 22, 2018 Final trip of the year – Still spaces, reserve soon


Gray Jay – Canada’s National Bird. Photo: Ian Harland

Past Events

Follow the Young Birders’ latest field trips here.

Gray Jay and friend. Photo: Melissa Hafting

Ucluelet Pelagic with WildResearch
May 6-7th, 2017 – Overnight Trip


Bird of the trip. Manx Shearwater. Photo: Liam Singh


A happy group, with leaders, aboard MV Frances Barkley – Ucluelet pelagic trip.

Flatiron Mountain, Coquihalla Summit
September 10, 2016


Needle Peak, September 2016. Photo: Melissa Hafting

Alpine lake, Coquihalla Summit. Photo: Melissa Hafting

Sooke Pelagic, Whiffen Spit
September 3, 2016

Grant Narrows, Pitt Meadows
July 16, 2016

June 4, 2016

Reifel Refuge, Serpentine Fen
Window Strike Presentation by the Canadian Wildlife Service
April 22, 2016

CBC4KIDS Iona Island, Richmond
Dec 14, 2015

Boundary Bay, Reifel Refuge
November 11, 2015

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains
October 3, 2015

Whistler field trip. Photo: Melissa Hafting

Mini Pelagic Race Rocks, Victoria City
September 4, 2015

Manning Park
June 13, 2015

April 25, 2015

Manning Park
Aug 30, 2014

Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish
June 14, 2014

August and Swan Lakes, Princeton
May 31, 2014

Meadowlark Festival, Penticton
May 14-18, 2014