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Nature Birdwatching Guides

Birds of Southwestern British Columbia

by (author) Richard Cannings, Hal Opperman & Tom Aversa

Heritage House Publishing
Initial publish date
Jun 2008
Birdwatching Guides
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2008
    List Price

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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 authors


Richard Cannings is a renowned naturalist, conservationist and lecturer on birds and bird habitats. He works as a consulting biologist assessing endangered species and organizing bird population surveys, and he can be heard on the CBC Radio 1 program BC Almanac as its regular birding expert. He is the author of An Enchantment of Birds, The Rockies: A Natural History, and Birds of Interior BC and the Rockies and is co-author of British Columbia: A Natural History, Birds of Southwestern British Columbia, and the upcoming Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Penticton, BC.


Richard Cannings' profile page

A longtime student of bird life, Hal Opperman has authored, co-authored, edited, and contributed to numerous publications and online resources on birds and birding, including BirdWeb and the Sound to Sage breeding bird atlas, both hosted by the Seattle Audubon Society. Hal received his B.A. in biology from Knox College and his Ph.D. in art history from the University of Chicago. He is now Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Washington, where he taught from 1967 until his retirement. His core research area is animals and nature in art.

Hal Opperman's profile page

Tom Aversa is the co-author of Birds of Southwestern British Columbia, Birds of the Puget Sound Region, and Birds of the Willamette Valley Region. He lives in Maine, where he participates in citizen science and enjoys teaching about wildlife and mentoring young naturalists while working to conserve land for the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust.

Tom Aversa's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“It’s an easy book to recommend for either the beginner or the more sophisticated birder.” —Judie Steeves, Kelowna Capital News

“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

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