Canada Birding Tours
Magnificent Canada, humongous (the second-largest country on the planet), yet sparsely populated, boasts endless tracts of wilderness. It has many national wildlife areas, migratory bird sanctuaries and other vast tracts of the Great Outdoors for a birder to explore.
The boreal forests of Canada include about a third of planet Earth’s taiga zone, and are inhabited by some very special birds such as Boreal Chickadee, Boreal Owl, Great Grey Owl, Northern Hawk-Owl, Spruce Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker and other desirable species that are more localized in the USA than here in Canada. Having said that, all of the species mentioned above do either extend further south along the Rocky Mountains well into America’s Lower 48, or they do turn up annually at places such as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and good old Minnesota, where we run our annual winter bird watching tour targeting owls, grouse and other specials. Then of course there’s the charismatic Canada Jay (aka Grey Jay), a friendly denizen of Canada’s boreal forests but also occurring southwards into the American Rocky Mountain states. Snowy Owl is more characteristic of snow-covered grasslands of the Prairie Provinces and during irruption years lots of them make their way to Ontario and other parts of southern Canada after breeding in Alaska and northern Canada (and some certainly cross the international border into Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Ohio, etc.).