Did you know winter is one of the best times to learn birdwatching?
There are fewer birds to identify and birds are easier to spot. Killarney Provincial Park’s annual Christmas Bird Count is the perfect event for budding birders. All you need is a half decent set of binoculars, a packed lunch, water, a pair of snowshoes and warm layered clothing. Killarney rents snowshoes if you don’t own a pair.
About 20-25 experienced and novice birders meet every December at the park for the annual Christmas Bird Count. They split up into smaller groups and head out on the trails by snowshoe to count birds. The groups stop for lunch in a park warm-up hut.
Experienced birders give tips on how to identify winter birds and their habitats. If it snows, there are always animal tracks to see in the snow and the scenery is spectacular. The day ends with a pot luck supper.
Plan to stay overnight in one of Killarney’s cozy yurts.