Birds of the West Coast


Birds of the West Coast
with instructor Barb Beasley, PhD
Tofino, BC

This weekend course (taught in Tofino, BC, in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO biosphere reserve) will introduce participants to the unique adaptations and ecology of West Coast birds. This three-day, field-based course will focus on:

•Beyond wings and feathers, what makes a bird a bird? Why are we so fascinated with them?
•Exploring the behavior and ecology of:
      •Songbirds of the coastal temperate rain forest
      •Migrating shorebirds on the coastal mudflats and beaches
      •Seabirds and their near shore nesting islands
•Learning how to identify birds in the field by sight and sound

7:30pm-9:00pm: Introductory presentation for Birds of the West Coast participants – general adaptations of birds, how to identify birds by sight, and an introduction to the shorebirds and seabirds of the west coast. Ecolodge Classroom, Tofino Botanical Gardens.

8:00am-8:30am: Breakfast at Ecolodge, Tofino Botanical Gardens
8:30am-10:30am: Field trip to observe shorebirds at the mudflats and beach
11:00am-12:00pm: Classroom review of the morning shorebirds
1:30pm-4:00pm:  Boat trip to observe seabirds at Cleland Island in Clayoquot Sound with Pete Clarkson
4:30pm-5:30pm: Classroom review of the afternoon seabirds
7:30-8:30: Presentation - “What’s singing in the forest and how can I tell?” 

8:00am-8:30am: Breakfast at Ecolodge, Tofino Botanical Gardens
8:30am-11:00am: Field trip to hear and observe songbirds in the coastal rainforest
11:30am-1:00pm: Classroom review of the morning forest songbirds; Course completion by 1pm.  

Breakfast and Lunch are provided on Saturday and Sunday.
Participants need to bring a pair of binoculars.
$280 incl tax/person

Accommodation packages available through the Ecolodge in the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
Please contact the Ecolodge directly at 250.725.1220 or

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