Birds of Southwestern British Columbia

Birds of Southwestern British Columbia

ISBN 9781894384964
Softcover | Publication Date: June 26, 2008
Book Dimensions: 4.375 in x 5.875 in
432 Pages

About the Book

Now in its 7th printing!

Discover more than 200 birds species in Birds of Southwestern BC. This guide covers the Lower Mainland, including Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Fraser Canyon, Manning Park and Whistler; the mid-coast as far north as Bella Coola; Vancouver Island; the Gulf Islands; and the Sunshine Coast. Aimed at beginning and intermediate birders who wish to identify the birds they regularly spot in their area, the book will also appeal to more experienced local and visiting birders who want to learn more about the behaviour, habitat and seasonal occurrence of local birds. Packed with useful information, this handy, portable guide tells you how to identify local birds, find out where they live and what they eat, how to attract birds to your yard and how to select a pair of binoculars.

Birds of Southwestern British Columbia features

  • colour coding by species
  • a checklist to record your sightings
  • 400+ full-colour photos
  • a compact, easy-to-carry size
  • insights from three expert birders

About the Author(s)

Richard Cannings was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley of BC and worked for most of his career as a biologist. He curated the Cowan Vertebrate Museum at the University of British Columbia for 17 years, then worked with Bird Studies Canada for 16 years, coordinating Canadian Christmas Bird Counts, the eBird program, and the British Columbia Owl Survey. He was a founding director of the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and has also served as a board member for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Richard has written over a dozen books on the natural history of British Columbia, including Birds of Interior BC and the Rockies. In 2015 he moved from biology to politics and now serves as a Member of Parliament in Ottawa.


“This guidebook was created by someone who understands both birds and the needs of birdwatchers.” —Sandy Campbell, Canadian Book Review Annual
"An ideal local reference. . . fits snugly into one hand while you flip through the colour-coded pages. . . A few moment's orientation with the system and you are ready to track down anything in southwestern British Columbia with feathers. . . Highly recommended." —Catherine Dook, The Boat Journal
"Bird Watching 101. . . The information is useful and user-friendly. . . Among the plethora of birding guides, this excellent little book is the one to start your collection." —Trysh Ashby-Rolls, Island Tides