Birds are symbolic of freedom. They capture our imagination and astound us with their astonishing migrations! Some birds can fly in excess of 40,000km per year! No wonder bird watching is one of the largest recreational activities in Canada and the United States. It’s easy and fairly inexpensive to do; all you need is a pair of binoculars and a bird book! A great place to start would be along rivers or on lakes, where there is not much foliage and birds are out in the open. The best time of year is in April to early June when mating and nesting is taking place.

Wells Gray Park has about 219 bird species. If you are an avid birder we have a checklist that will help you make the most of your time here.  The Information Centre is a great resource and has several bird guides and basic identification cards for purchase. You can also check out our great Wells Gray Birds Checklist!

Wells Gray Birds Checklist

Did you know?

Birds can possibly be classed as dinosaurs – studies have shown that birds are so similar in form and life cycle to the “thunder lizards” that they could be included in the subclass Archosauria dinosaurs in the class of Reptilia.