Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Saturday, October 15, 2016
Invermere Branch, Golden Branch
Columbia Wetlands
Parson, Brisco, Radium, Wilmer, Invermere and Columbia Lake Areas

Do you love the Columbia Wetlands, birds, and being outside? If so, participating in the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey may be for you!

Bird surveys will be occurring this fall on Sept 29th, Oct 5th and Oct 15th from 10am-1pm on each date. We also have a free training session for all new surveyors in Golden on Wed. Sept. 21st and in Invermere on Thurs. Sept. 22nd, both from 5 to 7 pm. For more information or to sign up contact Rachel at or Verena at

We are currently seeking citizen-scientists to survey in the Parson, Brisco, Radium, Wilmer, Invermere and Columbia Lake areas. This program utilizes citizen-scientists, enabling for large-scale monitoring and the collection of data for waterbirds during migratory seasons. A major goal of the bird surveys is to collect baseline data necessary for achieving Important Bird Area (IBA) status for the Columbia Wetlands; data you collect may be used to help designate the Columbia Wetlands as an Important Bird Area.

We are also learning more about where bird species-at-risk are located during migrations, along with species distribution and abundance throughout the wetlands.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact or call 250-344-5530. Free training modules are being offered in Golden (Sept 21) and Invermere (Sept 22), and optical gear can be lent to those in need.

For more information on the CWWS, please click here.