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HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

MON, DEC 24 : CHRISTMAS EVE : NOON-4PM

TUES, DEC 25 : CHRISTMAS DAY : CLOSED

WED, DEC 26 : BOXING DAY : CLOSED

MON, DEC 31 : NEW YEAR’S EVE : NOON-4PM

TUES, JAN 1 : NEW YEAR’S DAY : CLOSED

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PAST EVENTS:
  • ANNUAL SPRING & FALL OPEN HOUSE w FRIENDS

MAY 5, 2018

OCTOBER 20, 2018

Dr. Gordon Court, Provincial Wildlife Status Biologist – Species at Risk

with Vinnie the Peregrine falcon & Colonel Slade the Barred owl

Avenue Magazine: Expert: What I Know About …. Falcons (Photo by Richard Siemens)

Beaverhill Bird Observatory with Ricky (or sometimes Ray) the Northern Saw-whet owl

 

  • DR. DAVID BIRD VISIT

We had the great pleasure of hosting renowned Canadian ornithologist and author Dr. David Bird at our store on October 18, 2018. 

Before we even had a chance to ask Dr. Bird what he thought of our little store, he took us by surprise by declaring:

“The Wildbird General Store is the best nature store I’ve ever seen, anywhere on the globe” 

Widely known as a regular contributor to Bird Watcher’s Digest and Canadian Wildlife, and consultant editor on Birds of Canada and Birds of Western Canada (DK), Dr. Bird recently retired as Professor Emititus of Wildlife Biology and Director of the Avian Science and Conservation Centre of McGill University.

Dr. Bird has published 200 peer-reviewed papers on a wide range of wildlife themes, including endangered species, toxicology, captive propagation of birds of prey, human-wildlife conflicts, and today, the application of drones to wildlife research and conservation.

Having served as president of both the Raptor Research Foundation and Society of Canadian Ornithologists and on the board of directors for the American Birding Association, we are greatly honored to have Dr. Bird visit Edmonton at The Wildbird General Store.

RECOGNITION OF THE CANADA JAY AS CANADA’S NATIONAL BIRD

You may have heard the the Royal Canadian Geographical Society held a competition to name a National Bird, and chose the Gray Jay,  Perisoreus canadensis, (now renamed the Canada Jay, again), as the winner, just in time for Canada’s 150th Celebration. But the Government of Canada isn’t interested in naming a National Bird! So Dr. Bird is on a mission (which may include a cross-country walk in 2020, which he’s calling the Jay Walk) to change the minds of those in charge. He doesn’t really want to have to do the walk, so we’re trying to figure out ways to help!

Reasons the Canada Jay should be Officially recognized as Canada’s National Bird:

  • Perisoreus canadensis is once again called the Canada Jay by ornithologists, its French name has always been “mésangeai du Canada” 
  • Very hardy like all Canadians, having adapted itself to living in very cold regions and even nesting in temperatures of -30 C
  • It would have greeted the first Canadians – It figures strongly in First Nations folklore; the name “whiskyjack” or derived from Algonquin, Cree and/or Innu mythology, meaning “mischievous prankster or trickster”; however, loved for its habit of warning about danger in the forest
  • Extremely friendly toward people (like all Canadians), easily coming to the hand for treats
  • Found in all thirteen provinces and territories; the Canada Jay is only found in a limited part of the US. Not a circumpolar species, i.e. not found in other northern countries (as is the Snowy Owl). Stays in Canada year-round, i.e. not a “snowbird” like the common loon
  • Not already an official bird species for any of the ten provinces and recognized territories nor any other country (Common Loon is Ontario’s bird; Snowy Owl is Quebec’s bird)
  • Not regarded as an obnoxious or nuisance species (like the Canada goose which is hated in the U.S., the UK, and even in Canada itself! Not a hunted species.

CATS & BIRDS

A diplomatic presentation on helping cat-lovers and bird-lovers understand the dilemma and how we can improve the lives of both. 

ALL ABOUT BIRDS 

Are birds really “bird‑brains”? Can eagles see farther than humans?Why are most owls as blind as we are on a dark night? How does a kestrel use ultraviolet light to catch mice Which birds smell the best?

These are just some of the questions that Dr. David Bird will answer in his humourous but educational slide show on the sensory ecology of birds. Remove those beautiful coats of feathers and you’ll discover that birds have some of the most incredible physical and physiological adaptations to keep them in tune with their environment and with each other.

Once you’ve heard Dr. Bird’s talk, you’ll never look at birds in the same way again!

SIGNED COPIES OF 

BIRDS OF CANADA (New 2nd Edition)

STILL AVAILABLE!

  • GALLERY SHOWS

Here’s Kay’s review of Wildlife Artist Ken Hoehn’s latest exhibit & his presentation of “Ken Hoehn: The Wanderer” August 17, 2018: 

We were so lucky to have Ken Hoehn present his story last night. Ken is a true *Wanderer* and *Wilderness Artist*. You don’t meet many people with his level of dedication to his art (and I don’t mean technical) and his connection to Nature and wildlife itself. His storytelling is moving. Honestly one of the better talks I’ve ever been to (& I’ve been to a lot! being involved in academic research). If we’re ever lucky enough to get him again I recommend abandoning any other plans and joining us.

Ken’s 11 new pieces represent a year’s work, nothing more was deemed by Ken to be “worthy of the wall”. This is his BEST work & it is EXCEPTIONAL. Pictures do not do his work justice, you MUST experience in person.

I’ve adored working with Ken the last couple of years & I’m proud to represent his work. You may not think of us a real gallery (we really weren’t in the past), but I think we’re getting there. I hope you’ll come & enjoy as much as I do.

 

  • BOOK SIGNINGS:

JOHN ACORN: Best Places to Bird in the Prairies

MAY 19, 2018

  • BIRD ID COURSES:
  • Wood Warblers with Jim & Elaine Butler (May 6, 13, 20)

  • FIELD TRIPS:
  • Warbler Trip:  Wolf Lake: May 31 & Cold Lake: June 1-3

Warbler photos taken in Alberta by Edmonton photographer Gerald Romanchuk!

 

  • OFFSITE SEMINARS:

JPL Senior’s Fall Get-Away October 9-12, 2018

Jasper Park Lodge Seniors Spring Fling: April 2-5, 2018

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN IN THE SPRING!

 

  • GUEST SPEAKERS:
  • Learn about making the most of your bucket list safari with Edmonton photographer Greg Harvey: March 16, 2018

Next trip to Kenya: February 2019.

More info at Harvey Wildlife Photography Safaris

  • Edmonton Stroll of Poets Society: MAGPIE POEMS: April 15, 2018

 

  • TRADESHOWS :

North Central Teacher’s Association Convention: February, 8-9, 2018

Greater Edmonton Teacher’s Association Convention: March 1-2, 2018

HOME & GARDEN SHOW: March 22-25, 2018

COTTAGE LIFE & CABIN SHOW: April 20-22, 2018

FALL HOME SHOW: October 26-28, 2018

 

2018 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

MON, JAN 1 : NEW YEAR’S DAY : CLOSED

MON, FEB 19 : FAMILY DAY : NOON-4PM

WED, FEB 28 : INVENTORY : CLOSED

FRI, MAR 30 : GOOD FRIDAY : CLOSED

SUN, APR 1 : EASTER SUNDAY : CLOSED

MON, MAY 21 : VICTORIA DAY : CLOSED

MON-THURS, JUNE 25-28 : SUMMER CLOSURE

SUN, JUL 1 : CANADA DAY : CLOSED

MON-THURS, JULY 2-5 : SUMMER CLOSURE

MON, AUG 6 : HERITAGE DAY : CLOSED

SUN-MON, SEP 2-3 : LABOUR DAY : CLOSED

MON, OCT 8 : THANKSGIVING : CLOSED

SUN, NOV 11 : REMEMBRANCE DAY : CLOSED

MON, DEC 24 : CHRISTMAS EVE : NOON-4PM

TUES, DEC 25 : CHRISTMAS DAY : CLOSED

WED, DEC 26 : BOXING DAY : CLOSED

MON, DEC 31 : NEW YEAR’S EVE : NOON-4PM

TUES, JAN 1 : NEW YEAR’S DAY : CLOSED