SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 11am- 1pm
Join us at our first event of 2020 as we celebrate turning 30! Our favourite “Nature Nut”, John Acorn will be in store to sign copies of the ever loved, newly reprinted “Birds of Alberta”. Get a new copy before yours falls apart & treat new birders to a keepsake gift!
Take the opportunity to look around our 2700+ sqft of retail space before we do renos (our Nature Kids’ Korner will be expanding in a BIG way). Always EVERYTHING backyard birding, we’ve also been recognized as Edmonton’s best gift shop!
Dr. Gordon Court, Provincial Wildlife Status Biologist – Species at Risk
with Vinnie the Peregrine falcon
with Ray the Great Grey Owl
Beaverhill Bird Observatory with Rickie the Northern Saw-whet Owl
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:
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.
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:
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!
JOHN ACORN: Best Places to Bird in the Prairies
Wood Warblers with Jim & Elaine Butler (May)
ANNUAL SPRING WARBLER TRIP (MAY)
Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta Conference at JPL (Spousal Event): May 2019
Learn about making the most of your BUCKET LIST SAFARI
with Edmonton photographer Greg Harvey: March 16, 2018
More info at Harvey Wildlife Photography Safaris
Edmonton Stroll of Poets Society: MAGPIE POEMS: April 15, 2018
North Central Teacher’s Association Convention
Greater Edmonton Teacher’s Association Convention