Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation

Beaverhill Observatory

The Beaverhill Bird Observatory’s Geoff Holroyd Young Ornithologists’ Workshop is a week-long workshop to provide teenagers interested in birds with a practical, working knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of birds and their conservation. The Workshop will run from Sunday, August 5th to Saturday, August 11th, 2018. Up to 10 participants, aged 15-18 years old, will be selected.  They will be provided with the opportunity to learn bird banding and identification skills from experienced ornithologists at our field research station east of Tofield, Alberta.  While applicants do not have to be top-notch birders, they have to share a keen interest in birds and conservation.  The BBO will cover all direct costs of the workshop including food, travel for field trips, and professional instruction, but recipients are responsible for their transportation to and from the banding station, tents and sleeping bags. Tents are available for loan if applicants cannot bring their own.

Science Outreach – Athabasca                                                                                

Upcoming Science Outreach Events

  • May 1 to October 26, 2018 – Tree-scapes Photography Exhibit with Dr. Robert Holmberg at Athabasca University. This is a self-guided tour.  Photographs will be on display at Athabasca University in between the Library and Science Lab.  Contact 780-675-6596 or for more details
  • August 10, 2018 – Mushroom Hunt at Narrow Lake with Dr. Roland Treu.This is a great opportunity to learn about local fungi and mushroom identification from our resident Mycologist!  Meet in the Mess Hall at 1 PM at Camp Wright, Narrow Lake to hunt mushrooms. After the walk, we will have a “show and tell” to cover the basics of mushroom identification.  If you are unable to attend the walk, bring your own mushrooms at 2 PM for identification to the Mess Hall at Camp Wright. Families with kids are encouraged to attend.  Be prepared for adverse weather.  For directions to Camp Wright click here and a map.  This event is in cooperation with the Long and Narrow Lake Stewardship Society (LNLSS) at Camp Wright, Narrow Lake.
  • August 10, 11 & 12, 2018 – Adventures in Photography   For more information, fees, how to apply and to how to register contact  The Rotary Club of Athabasca.  The Rotary Club of Athabasca, together with Athabasca University and Science Outreach-Athabasca, are excited to offer a redesigned Adventures in Photography program in 2018.  The redesigned program includes: more nature and smart phone photography, in addition to night sky photography, a summer schedule during the Perseids meteor shower, the most popular meteor shower of the year, and will also benefit from optimum light conditions with the new moon on August 11.  Registration is limited to 12 people, so register early! Deadline to submit applications is June 15, 2018.
  • September 26, 2018 – The Role of the Human Microbiome in Health and Disease with Dr. Shauna Zenteno, Associate Professor, Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Athabasca University at 7 PM in Athabasca University Governing Council Chambers. Free event! Door prizes!
  • October 24, 2018 – Water for Wetlands and Streams: Introducing the Stony Mountain Headwater Catchment Observatory with Scott Ketcheson, Associate Professor/Canadian Research Council in Environmental Sustainability at 7 PM in Athabasca University Governing Council Chambers. Free event! Door prizes!