Although it is the westernmost of Canada’s prairie provinces, southwestern Alberta claims a chunk of the Rocky Mountains, including some of the most spectacular scenery in North America: Jasper and Banff national parks. Farther east in Alberta is prairie and agricultural lands, and north is boreal forest and muskeg. Canada’s fourth-largest province, Alberta is slightly smaller than Texas. The landlocked province has a predominantly humid continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Its capital, Edmonton (famous for its wintertime gyrfalcons), is geographically centered, and its largest city, Calgary, is farther south, but both metropolitan areas boast populations of more than a million people. Central and northern Alberta are the breeding grounds of countless waterfowl and other migratory birds. Best birding is in the low-lying wetlands and reservoirs.

  • Alberta Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Alberta Birding Hotspots

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Northern hawk-owl. Photo by Adobe stock.

Spotlight on Alberta

Planning a birding trip in Alberta? Check out the spotlight article from Bird Watcher's Digest. We have a listing of hotspots, target birds, and more, all available in PDF format!
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