FortWhyte Alive is the best place to go birding within the City of Winnipeg. Over the course of a year, 160 species of birds have been spotted onsite, as a result of our diverse habitats: aspen forest, grassland, willow swamp, cattail marsh, and sheltered lakes; and our position along a major migration corridor, the Mississippi Flyway.
Any time of year is a good time to go birding at FortWhyte, but our peak diversity is during migration seasons: April & May, and August & September, when you can join our experienced guides on tours through our Birding and Breakfast program. This is a great way for beginner birders to get drawn in by the feathered world.
FortWhyte Alive is a site along Manitoba's International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail.
Upcoming Birding Programs
Manitoba Birds Yahoo Group
Active group where users post current bird sightings from around the province. You must apply and be accepted as a member to post conversations and photos, but you can read and learn as a non-member too.
Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas
The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas is an ambitious five-year project, wrapping up in 2014, which engages citizens in documenting the distribution and abundance of all breeding birds throughout the entire province of Manitoba. View maps of bird distribution and learn about opportunities to contribute to this project.
Nature Manitoba Birding
Nature Manitoba is a local non-profit with a strong birding membership. Visit them for information on birding outings, identification and rare sightings, as well as information about projects such as the Chimney Swift Initiative.
Records of bird sightings in Manitoba can be found here. Look for FortWhyte Alive bird sightings, updated after every Birding and Breakfast session. Submit your own bird observations.
ABA Birding Code of Ethics
Everyone who enjoys birds and birding must always respect wildlife, its environment, and the rights of others. In any conflict of interest between birds and birders, the welfare of the birds and their environment comes first.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Top 10 Apps for Birding with Kids
Find out what downloads are the best to help you identify and learn more about birds. Merlin and the Bird'sEye Bird Finding Guide are good for beginners and for working as a family.
The 2014 Audubon Guide to Binoculars
Before you go out and spend the big bucks on a new pair of binoculars, use this great reference which explains what features to look for in your new pair.
Listen to the sounds of 602 North American bird species.