Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve Christmas Bird Count

Event Details

January 1st, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, British Columbia
Inventories and Monitoring

Get outside with NCC this winter and start your year with the birds! Join us as we partner with the Cowichan Valley Naturalist Society, Audubon Society and the 119th Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This is just one of many events happening across North America this winter.

This is a great way to get outside this winter, have some fun and spot new birds. Everyone is welcome, whether you are new to birding or an experienced birder, this event is for you!

If you are interested in carpooling (providing a ride or looking for a ride), please add your name to the list here.

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About Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

The Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve is the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s flagship property in the Cowichan Valley. This 52-acre (21-hectare) preserve is one the last best examples of deep soil Garry oak ecosystem left in Canada. The meadow and woodland portion of the preserve features centuries-old Garry oak trees towering over grassy meadows full of native wildflowers. Dozens of rare and at-risk species thrive here, including many types of bees and butterflies, delicate flowers and small woodland animals.

What you will be doing

Participants will count and record each bird species observed throughout the day as well as their time spent counting and distance traveled. Each group will have a designated route to ensure no overlap in counts.

Why you will love it

You'll be joining tens of thousands of birders across North America in contributing to a 100+ year effort to collect consistent information on winter bird distribution. Not to mention spending a day watching birds, meeting new people and exploring. After the bird watching you are welcome to join a gathering at the Freshwater Centre where stories of favourite sightings and other bird tales are told!


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Please Note

Bird observations can be collected anytime between midnight and 11:59 pm on the count day, and you may count for as long or as little as you wish. All skill levels of bird identification is welcome!

People of all fitness levels can participate
Out house/ bearbox
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Winter footwear
  • Binoculars (if you have them)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Water
  • Snacks