Outreach

Delta Marsh Bird Observatory offers training opportunities for volunteers through daily banding and through workshops like the following.
 
 

 2020: A Year of Learning Birds

Coming SoonJanuary 14 – How to Identify Birds
7 p.m. – Cabela’s (580 Sterling Lyon Pkwy)
Have you ever heard someone call out there’s a “so-and-so bird” and wondered how they knew that? Learn some basics for identifying birds in this beginner workshop. This workshop will offer a different approach to looking at birds. Workshop is free. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

February 11 – Songbird Families
7 p.m. – Cabela’s (580 Sterling Lyon Pkwy)
Learn about all the different families of songbirds found here in Manitoba and their key features. This workshop will help you narrow down the confusing world of Songbirds. Workshop is free. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

March 7 – Learn to Band Birds Workshop (Working with Pyle)
9 a.m. – Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
This full day workshop will teach you how to read Pyle’s Identification Guide to North American Birds and how to use in when banding. It will be an in depth look at Pyle. In the afternoon we will practice identification, ageing and sexing on specimens. Workshop is $40. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

March 28 – Beginning Birder Walk at Fort Whyte Alive
9 a.m. – Fort Whyte Alive (1961 McCreary Rd)
Join us for a spring walk at Fort Whyte Alive and see who might be back. This time of year is a great time to start learning birds in the field as they are just starting to come back and winter residents are still around. Workshop is $10. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

April 19 – Beginning Birder Walk at Bunn’s Creek
9 a.m. – Bunn’s Creek Centennial Park (365 McIvor Ave)
Join us for a spring walk at Bunn’s Creek and see who might be back. This time of year is a great time to start learning birds in the field as they are just coming back. Workshop is free. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

April 25 & 26 – Learn to Band Birds Workshop (Banding Birds)
8 a.m. – Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
This 2-day workshop will introduce you to the banding process, how to scribe, how to extract birds and practice ageing and sexing live birds. Workshop is $80. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

May 1 to 31 – Volunteer at Delta Marsh Bird Observatory
7:30 a.m. – Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Spring banding starts up and it is a great way to practice what you have learnt over the winter and to gain even more experience. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to sign up.

May 23 – Delta Marsh Bird Observatory Great Canadian Bird-a-thon
9 a.m. – English Garden Entrance at Assiniboine Park (460 Assiniboine Park Dr)
Join us for a spring walk at the English Garden. This time of year is always exciting as many migrants are back and the trees are full of colours. This is the Observatory’s only fundraiser of the year so help us help the birds. Workshop is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

June 6 – Birding by Ear
1 p.m. – Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
We often hear birds before we see them so come and learn some basics for identifying bird songs in this beginner workshop. Workshop is $15. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

July 26 – Beginning Birder Trip to Delta Marsh
9 a.m. – Delta Marsh (meet at the corner of Hwy 230 and Hackberry Avenue W)
Join us for a birding trip to Delta Marsh. We may see shorebirds, waterfowl and songbirds along the beach ridge. Workshop is free. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

August 1 to 31 – Volunteer at Delta Marsh Bird Observatory
6:30 a.m. – Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Fall banding starts up and it is a great way to practice what you have learned and to gain even more experience. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to sign up.

August 8 – Bird Extraction
6:30 a.m. – Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Join our Bander-in-Charge and get in depth practice removing birds from the mist nets. Workshop is free. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to sign up.

September 1 to 30 – Volunteer at Delta Marsh Bird Observatory
6:30 a.m. – Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Fall banding is well underway and it is a great way to practice what you have learned and to gain even more experience. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to sign up.

September 9 – Bird extraction
6:30 a.m. – Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area
Join our Bander-in-Charge and get in depth practice removing birds from the mist nets. Workshop is free. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to sign up.

October 21 – Banding Season Wrap Up
7 p.m. – Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
Join us as we celebrate a successful banding season. We will have popcorn and watch the movie “The Big Year”. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

November 4 – Trivia Night
7 p.m. – Location TBA
Joins us for a fun evening of bird related trivia. Test you skills as you answer a wide variety of questions. Workshop is free. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

November 21 – Learn to Band Birds Workshop (Ageing through Moult)
9 a.m. – Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
This full day workshop will cover an overview of banding, how, how to age and sex birds, what clues to look for and an introduction to how to read Pyle’s Identification Guide to North American Birds. In the afternoon we will practice identification, ageing and sexing on specimens. Workshop is $40. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.

December 6 – Beginning Birder Trip to Victoria Beach
10 a.m. – Victoria Beach (meet at the Victoria Beach parking lot)
Join us for a birding trip to Victoria Beach. We may see some late fall migrants such as waterfowl and some of our winter residents. Workshop is free. Please email DeltaMarshBirdObservatory@shaw.ca to register.


Please see the website for more information about Oak Hammock Marsh.