Why Not Participate in Global Big Day? May 14, 2022 will be our 5th Global Big Day Bird Count! We identify bird species and count their numbers within about 50 km
Why Not Participate in Global Big Day?
May 14, 2022 will be our 5th Global Big Day Bird Count! We identify bird species and count their numbers within about 50 km of Eagle Point Provincial Park and Blue Rapids Provincial Recreation Area. Because we cover a large area, we need as many birders as possible to count the species they see on May 14. Even if you have never gone birding before, it’s a fun and challenging day, whether you are counting from your backyard or you join us on the bird tour. If you join the bird tour, you’ll visit several unique habitats – from river shoreline and mixed woods forests, to farms, ponds, creeks and lake shore habitats. In previous years, we’ve seen many species including Peregrine Falcons, Cinnamon Teals, Turkey Vultures, Great Grey Owls, Yellow Rumped Warblers, Surf Scoters, Red Tailed Hawks, Tree Swallows and many more!
The data we collect is submitted to Cornell University and helps scientists understand bird migration, bird population declines and increases, birds at risk, etc.
A few things to take with you when you go birding:
- Binoculars (ideal birding binoculars are 8×42)
- a field guide for Alberta Birds or Canadian Birds
- yummy snacks and water
- camera with zoom lens (optional but helpful)
- water resistant, warm clothing (layers) and water resistant shoes or boots.
- air horn or bear spray if you are visiting back-country locations.
Ways to Count:
- Count in your own backyard or neighbourhood OR
- Join us on the Bird Tour for the full day or parts of the day. (See schedule below)
Three Ways to Submit your bird count:
- Send us a copy of your bird count list via email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR
- Submit your count on your e-bird account, then share your count to EAGLE POINT on e-bird OR
- Text your bird count to Kathy at 780-542-1932.
Your Bird Count Submission should include:
- Your first and last name.
- How many birders were with you?
- List of locations where you did your birding.
- List of bird species and number of birds of each species at each location you visited.
- Contact information
Bird Tour Schedule – Self Drive
7:30 am – Hilltop Trails to Willey West Campground
Meet at Hilltop Trailhead on top of the hill above Willey West Campground – we walk through Hilltop Trails, go down into Hillside Trails and then over to Willey West Campground’s Nature Trail for a full loop. This section includes hills and the full loop is approximately 4 km – peregrine falcons, three toed woodpeckers, warblers, western tanagers, white throated sparrows, gulls, geese.
9:30 am – Blue Rapids Provincial Recreation Area Wetlands
We visit a wetlands area surrounded by mature forest – buffleheads & pileated woodpeckers. Short walk. This section of the tour is dependent on roads being passable.
11:30 am – Buck Creek Area
Roadside birding (farms and roadside wetlands) – red tail hawks, tree swallows, dabbling ducks.
1:00 pm – Alder Flats/Buck Lake Fish & Game Group Campground to Buck Lake Provincial Park –
We’ll do a survey of the shoreline at the group camp before walking to the Provincial Park – ruby crowned kinglets, scaups, mallards, geese, coots, herons, warblers and more!
All Day (Saturday)