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Canada -- Alberta
Discover the top birding locations in Alberta. Find out more about Alberta Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in Alberta. Print out a checklist of Alberta birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Alberta. Order books to help you become a better birder in Alberta. Discover links to Alberta Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Alberta before you begin your trip.


Sibley Guide to Western Birds

NG. Birds of Western US and Canada

Peterson Guide to Western North America

Sibley Guide to
Western Birds

Thayer's Birds of
North America version 7

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Alberta Birds)

NG Guide to Birds of
Western North America

Peterson Guide to
 Western North America

Province Bird: Great Horned Owl

Province Checklists:
Royal Alberta Museum

Species Seen in Alberta: 415

Province Ornithological Society:
Royal Alberta Museum

Rare Bird Alerts:
(403) 237-8821   Calgary


Retail Birding Stores


Birding Links for Alberta:
Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation
Alberta's Special Places
Peregrine Falcon Home Page
Hot Spots
Big Lake
Weaslehead Nature Area
Banff National Park - Birding
Birds of Mt. Robson
Whitney Lakes Provincial Park
Jasper National Park

Alberta Organizations:
Federation of Alberta Naturalists
Edmonton Nature Club
Calgary Field Naturalists' Society
Lac La Biche Birding Society

Pete Thayer's Favorite "Hot" Spots:

Banff National Park / Lake Louise
51.51 N   116.11 W
One of the most beautiful spots in the Canadian Rockies. Over 260 species have been recorded here. Birding is good even in the winter. Look for Clark's Nutcrackers, Black-capped, Boreal and Mountain Chickadees.

Elk Island National Park / Beaverhill Lake
53.60 N   112.81 W
Located 25 miles east of Edmonton, the park is a series of small hills with wetlands between them. There is a Snow Goose festival in the spring and fall, but it is a great place at all times for birding.

Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary
53.44 N   113.77 W
Southwest of Edmonton, this sanctuary has been designated as one of Alberta's "Special Places". Trails wind their way through marshes, sand hills, meadows and aspen and pine woods. May through August are the best times to visit.

50.51 N   111.94 W
Near Brooks, Alberta, this is a fantastic area for birds. American White Pelicans and American Avocets can be found here in the summer.

Jasper National Park
52.71 N   117.53 W
This huge National Park is high in the Canadian Rockies. Habitat ranges from alpine meadows and tundra to forested valleys. Visit Talbot Lake for waterfowl and Cottonwood Slough for Owls. Go from late March through September.



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