British Columbia Bird and Wildlife Guiding
Whether it’s a half-day or several days we offer excellent bird and wildlife guiding services throughout British Columbia. Our guides are the some of the brightest and best birders in the province that know where and when to get the birds. Please contact us and let us know your wishes. We are located in the Vancouver area boasting huge numbers of waterfowl and shorebirds in winter and passage, and only a few hours drive from a great variety of habitats holding an excellent assortment of birds. From pelagic waters to montane forest, and rain forest to Okanagan sagebrush specialties, there is a lot to offer.
Highlights: Trumpeter Swan, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, American White Pelican, Sandhill Crane, Gyrfalcon and Prairie Falcon, White-tailed and Rock Ptarmigan, Sharp-tailed, Sooty, Dusky and Spruce Grouse, Wild Turkey, Wandering Tattler, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Rock and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Thayer’s and Glaucous Gull, Tufted Puffin, Rhinoceros Auklet, Marbled and Ancient Murrelet, Western Screech-Owl, Flammulated, Boreal and Great Gray Owl, Red-breasted and Williamson’s Sapsucker, Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Pacific-slope, Hammond’s and Gray Flycatcher, Gray and Steller’s Jay, Cassin’s and Hutton’s Vireo, Chestnut-backed, Mountain and Boreal Chickadee, Bushtit, Varied Thrush, Townsend’s, Black-throated Gray and McGillivray’s Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Golden-crowned, Grasshopper, Brewer’s and Lark Sparrow, Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bobolink, Red and White-winged Crossbill, Cassin’s and Rosy Finch. Were happy to suggest itineraries to look for target species or to enjoy the best birding for that particular time of year.
Rates: Daily rates are based on a minimum of 8-12 hours in the field but can go much longer based on the desires of the client. We are happy to go the distance in the field as our guides have a passion for birding. Fuel and food costs are not included.
Day Rates (min 8 hours): 1 person $200 CAN
2 persons $300 CAN
3 persons $375 CAN
4+persons $450 CAN
General: From fall through to spring weather in coastal BC can be cool, wet and windy. Please dress accordingly for field conditions. Meals are not included and up to the client – either stopping at a restaurant or bringing bagged lunches. All of the birding areas are easy walking for the reasonably fit on for the most part on level terrain. The exception to this is in the North Shore mountains.
Birding Itineraries: Below are suggested itineraries for the Vancouver Area. Please consult a Birder’s Guide to Vancouver available through Nature Vancouver, for information regarding the places listed below. Day 1 Fraser River Delta: White Rock Pier Blackie Spit Boundary Bay Tsawwassen ferry jetty Reifel Bird Sanctuary Iona Island Day 2 North Shore: Maplewood Flats Lighthouse Park LeGrebe Islets Cypress Mountain Wildlife Tours In addition to birding tours we can offer itineraries to look for wildlife. Douglas and Red Squirrel, Yellow-pine and Townsend’s Chipmunk, Cascade-mantled and Columbian Ground Squirrel, Hoary and Yellow-bellied Marmot, American Pika, Black Bear, River Otter, Mink, Striped Skunk, Northern Raccoon, California and Steller’s Sea Lion, Harbour Seal, Mountain Goat, Bighorn Sheep, Black-tailed and Mule Deer, Orca, Gray and Humpback Whale are just a few of the mammals that can be seen in season.