Best Places to Bird in British Columbia

Best Places to Bird in British Columbia

by Richard Cannings, Russell Cannings


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In this unique guidebook that will appeal to novice and experienced birders alike, the authors of acclaimed Birdfinding in British Columbia explore their 30 favorite birding sites in the diverse landscape of Canada’s westernmost province. More detailed and more personal than the Cannings’ previous books, and illustrated with more than 30 color photographs of birds and locales, and 28 maps, Best Places to Bird in British Columbia introduces some sites that will be familiar favorites for readers, while others may come as a surprise.

Readers can choose their destination by species—each chapter has a list of “Specialty Birds,” the ornithological highlights of a trip to the area in question—or by geography—each chapter is named for its region and includes detailed information not only on how to get there but also on how to make the most of being there. Personal anecdotes, historical background, and ornithological information make this an indispensable guide to exploring the best birding sites B.C. has to offer and learning more about its bird population.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771641661
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard Cannings is a veteran biologist, birder, and nature writer. A lifetime resident of B.C.’s Okanagan Valley, he is a founding director of the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and a member of the national board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He is the author of several books, including British Columbia: A Natural History and The New B.C. Roadside Naturalist.

Russell Cannings has been an avid birder since his childhood in B.C.’s Okanagan. He has worked extensively as a field biologist throughout the province. In 2012 MacLean's called him "Canada's Top Birder". He now lives in New Zealand.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Triangle Island 1

2 Port McNeill 7

3 Salmon River Estuary, Sayward 17

4 Comox Harbour 23

5 Pacific Rim National Park 29

6 Englishman River Estuary, Parksville 35

7 Victoria Waterfront 43

8 Iona Island, Richmond 49

9 Reifel Refuge, Delta 57

10 Boundary Bay, Delta 65

11 Maplewood Flats, North Vancouver 75

12 Nicola Valley 81

13 Salmon Arm Bay 89

14 Beaver Lake Road, Lake Country 95

15 White Lake, South Okanagan 101

16 Vaseux Lake, South Okanagan 109

17 Road 22, South Okanagan 115

18 Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park, Keremeos 123

19 Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, Nelson 129

20 Duck Lake, Creston 135

21 Columbia River Wetlands, Rocky Mountains 141

22 Mount Robson, Rocky Mountains 147

23 Scout Island, Williams Lake 153

24 Becher's Prairie, Chilcotin Plateau 157

25 Sandspit Airport, Haida Gwaii 165

26 Tumbler Ridge 169

27 Peace Island Park, Taylor 177

28 Beatton Provincial Park, Charlie Lake 183

29 Liard River Hot Springs, Alaska Highway 191

30 Haines Triangle, Northwestern BC 195

Index 202

About the Authors 212

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