Established in 1984, the Beaverhill Bird Observatory (BBO) is the second oldest migration monitoring observatory in Canada. Our extensive long-term datasets enable the BBO to track changes in bird populations, migratory routes, breeding success, and survivorship. It is a nonprofit organization, funded entirely by generous grants, donations and public support.
The field season is from May to early November. During this time, staff and occasional volunteers live on-site as they perform research and monitoring. We collaborate and share data with a number of organizations, and are part of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. During the winter, we operate our educational BirdSmart program, which reaches thousands of students every year.
BBO is situated within the Beaverhill Natural Area and acts as a steward for:
“Our mission is to promote the conservation of our natural heritage through engagement in education, research, and community activities that foster knowledge and appreciation of natural history in Alberta and elsewhere, with a special emphasis on migratory bird species of the Beaverhill Lake area”.