Blog Contributors

Bird Canada made its first appearance on the blog scene in March 2009. The number of readers has more than doubled each year, proving that there really are a great number of people who want to read and learn about birds in Canada.

In 2012 we went multi-author, and the sky is now the limit! If you would like to join our group of Canadian bird bloggers, please drop us a line at

Our Authors

Charlotte Wasylik is a young birder who lives on a farm in northeastern Alberta. She was delighted to be selected for the Young Ornithologists’ Workshop at the Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario, especially because she was able to meet other young birders. Charlotte is working with the Edmonton Nature Club’s Snow Goose Chase at Tofield, Alberta, to help establish the new Young Naturalists’ Corner. Charlotte’s blog is Prairie Birder, and you can also find her at the Facebook group she started last year, Alberta Birds, which welcomes all birders, bird lovers, and nature photographers in Alberta.

Daniel Arndt was born and raised in and around Calgary, and has always had a passion for nature, and in a roundabout way, birds as well. After graduating in 2006 from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Natural Science geared towards palaeontology, it became clear that the closest thing to dinosaur watching he’d be able to do would be by taking an interest in their descendants. It wasn’t until a couple of tropical vacations in 2008 that kick-started the drive to photograph and discover in detail the world of birds. Dan leads local birding field trips, and is passionate about his photography, birds, and all of the wonders of the natural world. Dan also writes for the Birds Calgary blog, and his excellent photos can be found on his Flickr page.

Dave Ingram is a naturalist and photographer based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. His passion for birds began after a season guiding zodiac boat tours in Haida Gwaii, BC. Since then he has volunteered with several bird research projects including Laskeek Bay Conservation Society’s ancient murrelet study at Limestone Island, and SFU’s remote Triangle Island research station. His interest in nature and birding led to over 10 years of seasonal work as a heritage interpreter with BC Parks, Parks Canada and a number of NGOs with a focus on environmental education, as well as travel throughout Central America. He now has a “real” job teaching in the Comox Valley. Dave’s blog can be found at Island Nature , follow him on Twitter at @BCNatureTweets

Greg Byron, orginally from Montreal, now resides in the South Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada’s only desert. He operates an Ecotourism business, Great Horned Owl Eco Tours,  and focuses on bird watching and nature adventure tours. In order to deliver unique and experiential tours Greg has become very driven to understand all of the plants and animals which reside in the Okanagan along with Natural History, geology and issues surrounding water sustainability and climate change. Another gem about the Okanagan that isn’t too well known is bird watching; with over 300 species the Okanagan is one of the premiere bird watching areas in all of Canada. As an avid birdwatcher, when guests go on his bird watching tour one of his goals is to find them a “Life Bird”. In Greg’s backyard can be found 10% of Canada’s endangered species including: Williamson’s Sapsuckers, Lark Sparrows, White-headed Woodpeckers, Yellow-breasted Chats and Western Screech Owls. Check out my photostream on Flickr

Julia Zarankin is a writer, editor, and lecturer to later life learners in Toronto. In her former life, which ended in 2008, she was a Russian literature and culture professor at the University of Missouri. Julia’s slow transformation into an amateur birder has involved learning the whereabouts of every sewage lagoon in the greater Toronto area. She is a regular blogger at Ontario Nature and maintains a blog about birds, words and essential matters at

Pat Bumstead was born and raised in northern Alberta and has been a keen birder for more years than she cares to admit. She currently lives in Calgary, in a yard with way too many bird feeders. Talking and writing about birds and wildlife is second nature to her, so in 2009 she dipped her toe into the blogosphere and set up Bird Canada. Her life has not been the same since. She also contributes to the Birding Is Fun and Birds Calgary blogs, and is a Canadian co-ordinator for the Pledge to Fledge program of the Global Birding Initiative.

Pierre Cenerelli, originally from Montreal, now lives on Vancouver’s magnificent North Shore. After getting a PhD in history and working for the Quebec provincial government for a decade, he now advises UBC’s student leaders on matters relating to government and other community relations issues. In his spare time, one of his favourite hobbies is observing and photographing birds, something he has done for over three decades. His recent arrival out west has re-ignited his passion for birding and it will be his pleasure to share some of his observations with Bird Canada’s loyal readers. He is honoured to be sharing this space with other terrific birders. Pierre also maintains Not Only for the Birds?, a blog on birding and other matters.

Sharon McInnes was seduced by wild birds after she and her husband moved to Gabriola Island, a BC gulf island, in 2007. She writes a monthly newspaper column called Just for the Birds and in 2010 published a compilation of 29 of her columns and 40 colour photos in Up Close & Personal: Confessions of a Backyard Birder.  She is also the author of the Gabriola Bird Blog

Tim Hopwood is a passionate nature photographer with a soft spot for birds. Born & raised in Australia, he & his young family now call Calgary home. An accountant by day, Tim looks forward to the weekends, and especially family camping trips in the summer, when he gets to hit the outdoors, spend time with his family and also indulge in his hobby. He shares his photography on his Tim Hopwood Images blog.

Shannon Gilmour is originally from Alberta, but now resides on a peaceful acreage with her husband and daughter in Saskatchewan which they now call home. Although Shannon has never been a bird watcher, she has always enjoyed nature. However, being out in the solitude of nature has captured her attention to reveal a hidden passion – birds! As an indie author, crisis outreach mentor, and homeschooling mom, bird watching has become a wonderful way to unwind and reconnect with nature. She hopes sharing her growing enthusiasm and love of birds will help inspire others to do the same.

Ron Arvidson was born and raised in Manitoba, and growing up had ranged freely through the wood and eastern slope of Riding Mountain National Park.  In doing so, he always had an interest of the flora and fauna of the area.  Since graduating University of Regina, he has lived and visited across Canada from Horsefly Lake, BC to Cape St. Mary’s, NL.  Today, he lives in rural PEI, where as an Artist and Educator, he chases birds on PEI.  He is Co-administrator of the Birding on PEI Facebook group and also contributes to the Blog:

Nathan Staples has always lived in New Brunswick. He is a Middle School teacher that lives in the western part of province in a town that is minutes away from the state of Maine. He and his wife have three boys that are all fond of birds and even help chase away the squirrels from the backyard feeders. Nathan posts regularly about birding in NB, PEI and even Maine on his blog found here;



4 Responses to Blog Contributors

  1. Norm Yelland says:

    We hope to have some more birders with us on the ROUTE OF THE PAN AMERICAN HIGHWAY, will be having a birding seminar a few days before the rendezvous in July. Also many other animals in the Panagonia Region of Argentina and Chile…..

  2. Well, it’s been a whole year now, and we are going to do the same trip via RV from McAllen, Texas (birding center), all the way on the Pan American Highway to the southernmost city in the world – Ushuaia, Argentina.

    We are looking for the right person to document all the birds along the Trekoftheamericas routed….following east coast Mexico, crossing over to Salina Cruz, Oaxaca and following the west coast all the way to Panama. South America is southbound on west side to the end of Chile, cross the Andes mountains to Argentina and south to the end of the world!!

    We will rendezvous in July 2014 in McAllen, Texas – Anyone wanted to do the Bird Photos will receive staff status on the Trek.

  3. Brenda says:

    I am looking to reconnect with a birder – James WIlson originally from Windsor whose dad Dr Wilson (dentist) was also a birder.
    Thank you

  4. I am about to celebrate my 15th year traveling from USA to Argentina via camper along the Pan American Highway. I would like to see more birders participate in this event… There is almost every imaginable bird along the route….from parrots in the north to flamingos in Panagonia, Argentina. We’ve seen the Andes Condors over the ice glaciers, and a variety of storks, in Uruguay. The lesser pigmy owl, penguins, and so many more…and the most wonderful experience…is most of them will come next to your camper or motorhome because of the areas we camp in.

    I would be happy to share any information with all !

    We only take 10 RVs on the trip, the next trip leaves from McAllen, Texas in early August!

    thanks Norman Yelland

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