Monthly Bird Walks
For an up-to-date schedule of dates and times, please see our home page.
On the first Saturday of each month, bird walks start at the bottom of Lorimer Road (across from the Catholic Church at 6299 Lorimer Rd.) at the Valley Trail. The walk is along the Valley Trail to Rainbow Park, covering many types of habitat. This walk is free and open to anyone interested in birds. You'll be joined by birding experts who compile a detailed inventory list on year round bird activity. In summer the start time is 7 am and in the winter it is 8 or 9 am.
Whistler Birding Guide 2018
This guide is here to help you start birding in Whistler. It includes four popular spots and what birds you'll likely find there depending on the season. The four locations are:
Alta Lake - Lorimer Road to Rainbow Park
Green Lake - including Nicklaus North Golf Course and the Fitzsimmons Delta
Whistler Blackcomb Alpine and sub-alpine
Shadow Lake and the adjacent Soo River
Christmas Bird Count
December 15th, 2020
There are two ways to get involved in the count:
Option 1: Let us know what birds you see the day of the count, how many and where. Email your sightings to WhistlerNaturalists(at)gmail.com on December 15.
Here are some resources compiled from 28 years of count data to help you out:
Top 12 Whistler Christmas Birds
Option 2: Join expert birders as they do field trips to different areas of Whistler. Contact Shawn Mason -firstname.lastname@example.org / Cell: (604) 612-1167 (text OK) - before December 7th with your name, e-mail address, and phone number if you are interested. Dress warm and bring binoculars if you have them.
*Bird Studies Canada has offered some guidelines during COVID restrictions:
Social distancing to be maintained and masks preferred
Carpooling is acceptable within an existing family group or “safe social pod”
Count sheets, area maps, and participant information will be emailed out to counters in the days prior to count day. Post count reporting can be done by email or phone. I will compile and enter the data to the CBC website
The safety of all participants is a priority. Please adhere to all Public Health recommendations.
About the Christmas Bird Count: The Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was started in the year 1900 as a replacement for the Christmas Bird Hunt. The CBC is generally accepted as the best, if not the only, tool available for assessing long-term trends in the early winter bird populations of North and Central America. Each annual regional count is to occur on a day from December 14 to January 5 of the Christmas season, which ensures reasonable consistency among populations of resident, rather than migratory, birds.
Whistler Christmas Bird List
Another great resource is the FREE Merlin Bird ID app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Breeding Bird Survey
In early summer, expert birders carry out birding surveys throughout many areas of the province as part of a continent-wide project to check the renewal of avian fauna on a year by year basis. Surveys are on set routes with stops at 800 metre intervals to count all species within eye sight and ear shot during a three minute interval.
There are three transect surveys in the Sea to Sky Corridor: Squamish starting a the end of the dyke 39 km up the Squamish River Valley; Whistler to Pemberton Meadows; and Shalath to D'Arcy along the Anderson Lake Powerline Road. That's 50 stops on each transect. On the Whistler to Pemberton route, the first stop is on Highway 99 where the highway crosses the River of Golden Dreams.