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Birds in BC

573 birds have been observed in British Columbia, Canada. Of that, 17 are introduced and 197 are rare or accidental leaving 359 birds. Below is a list of birds photographed by Warren Appleton sorted by biogeoclimatic zone. If you are unsure which zone you are in, refer to the map at the bottom of the page.

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CountryProvinceBiogeoclimatic ZoneAbbreviationType
CanadaBritish ColumbiaAlpine TundraAT View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaSpruce - Willow - BirchSWB View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaBoreal White and Black SpruceBWBS View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaSub-Boreal Pine - SpruceSBPS View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaSub-Boreal SpruceSBS View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaMountain HemlockMH View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaEngelmann Spruce - Subalpine FirESSFView
CanadaBritish ColumbiaMontane SpruceMS View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaBunchgrassBG View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaPonderosa PinePP View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaInterior Douglas-FirIDF View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaCoastal Douglas-FirCDF View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaInterior Cedar - HemlockICH View
CanadaBritish ColumbiaCoastal Western HemlockCWH View

Protection of Birds in BC

Birds in British Columbia, Canada, are protected under the proivncial Wildlife Act and the federal Migratory Bird Convention Act. Federal and provincial parks and ecological researves have been established throughout the province. Development projects that occur on federal sites are subject to environmetnal effects evaluations under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012, and municipalities require environmental assessments to support development permit applications for private developments. Bald Eagle and Osprey Nests are protected year-round and require a wildlife permit to remove or relocate. Other raptor nests and song bird nests are protected when the nests are active. Development activities that occur between March 1 and August 15 typically require bird sweeps by qualfiied environmental professionals prior to undertaking works that may affect these birds (vegetation removal, building demolishion, etc.).

osprey
August 2017. Osprey returning to the estuary after fishing for fish in the open waters of Lake Osoyoos in the Okanogan, British Columbia, Canada. The diet of the osprey is 99% live fish; over 80 species of marine and freshwater fish species have been documented as a food source. This osprey was observed swimming in the lake after a few missed attempts.
red tailed hawk
August 2017. Red tailed hawk observed flying over agricultural fields on Westham Island near the George C. Reifel migratory bird sanctuary in Ladner (Delta), BC. The hawk was foraging for small mammals that are present in the fields - they typically feed on voles, mice, wood rats, rabbits, snowshoe hares, jackrabbits, ground squirrels, snakes, other birds (pheasants, bobwhite, starlings, and blackbirds) and carrion up to 5 pounds.
BC Biogeoclimatic Zone Map (Click to Zoom)
Cassiar Subunit (map 1 of 4) - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Cassiar Subunit (map 2 of 4) - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Cassiar Subunit (map 3 of 4) - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Cassiar Subunit (map 4 of 4) - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Kispiox Subunit - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Bulkley Subunit - Skeena Stikine Resource District - Skeena Region Fort Nelson Resource District (map 1 of 2) - Northeast Region Fort Nelson Resource District (map 2 of 2) - Northeast Region Mackenzie Resource District (map 1 of 3) - Omineca Region Mackenzie Resource District (map 2 of 3) - Omineca Region Mackenzie Resource District (map 3 of 3) - Omineca Region Fort St John Subunit - Peace Resource District - Northeast Region Dawson Creek Subunit - Peace Resource District - Northeast Region Fort St James Resource District (map 1 of 2) - Omineca Region Fort St James Resource District (map 2 of 2) - Omineca Region Kalum Subunit (map 1 of 2) - Coast Mountains Resource District - Skeena Region Kalum Subunit (map 2 of 2) - Coast Mountains Resource District - Skeena Region Morice Subunit - Nadina Resource District - Skeena Region Lakes Subunit - Nadina Resource District - Skeena Region North Coast Subunit (map 1 of 2) - Coast Mountains Resource District -SkeenaRegion North Coast Subunit (map 2 of 2) - Coast Mountains Resource District -SkeenaRegion Haida Gwaii Resource District - West Coast Region Vanderhoof Resource District - Omineca Region Prince George Subunit - Prince George Resource District - Omineca Region Mid-Coast Subunit - North Island / Central Coast Resource District - West Coast Region Port McNeill Subunit - North Island / Central Coast Resource District - West Coast Region Campbell River Resource District - West Coast Region South Island Resource District - South Coast Region Quesnel Resource District (map 1 of 2) - Cariboo Region Quesnel Resource District (map 2 of 2) - Cariboo Region Chilcotin Subunit - Cariboo-Chilcotin Resource District - Cariboo Region Clearwater Subunit - Thompson Rivers Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Robson Valley Subunit - Prince George Resource District - Omineca Region Horsefly Subunit - Cariboo-Chilcotin Resource District - Cariboo Region Williams Lake Subunit - Cariboo-Chilcotin Resource District - Cariboo Region 100 Mile House Resource District - Cariboo Region Kamloops Subunit - Thompson Rivers Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Merritt Subunit - Cascades Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Lillooet Subunit - Cascades Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Sunshine Coast Resource District - South Coast Region Chilliwack Resource District - South Coast Region Sea-To-Sky Resource District - South Coast Region Columbia Subunit - Selkirk Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region Salmon Arm Subunit - Okanagan Shuswap Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Vernon Subunit - Okanagan Shuswap Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Penticton Subunit - Okanagan Shuswap Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Region Invermere Subunit - Rocky Mountain Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region Cranbrook Subunit - Rocky Mountain Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region Kootenay Lake Subunit - Selkirk Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region Arrow Subunit - Selkirk Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region Boundary Subunit - Selkirk Resource District - Kootenay Boundary Region
Click on the interactive map to view field maps of the biogeoclimatic subzones. Distribution maps for the various bird species shown were cross-referenced with these maps to determine which biogeoclimatic zones the different bird species occurs.

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