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Come and celebrate Manning Park Bird Blitz’s 40th anniversary! With a diverse mix of coastal, mountain, and interior climates, E.C. Manning Provincial Park supports a massive variety of birds – over 200 species!

Program: Manning Park Bird Blitz
40th Anniversary
When:
June 16-18, 2023
Where: Horse Corral, Manning Park
Cost:
$75/Full Weekend Birder
$60/ 1 Night Camping Birder
$45/ Day Birder + BBQ
$35/Day Birder (no BBQ)
FREE/Young Birder

REGISTER
Please call 604-869-1274, or email tmurphy@hopemountain.org for additional information.

June is a great time to visit, when forests are alive with a riot of birds exuberantly advertising for mates and defending territory.  This, combined with the park’s extensive network of scenic trails, makes Manning a paradise for birders – experts and novices alike!

About the Manning Park Bird Blitz:
Founded by Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission’s (SEEC) Canadian Commissioner Gail Ross in 1983, the Manning Park Bird Blitz is celebrating its 40th anniversary, making it British Columbia’s longest-running bird count!

The original intentions were to create an event that would not only promote the activity of birding, but also encourage expert birders to help create continuity by sharing their knowledge and passion with those less experienced.

Conducting an annual bird-count would create an official record of presence and absence of bird species in Manning Park during active breeding season (June).

The Bird Blitz has provided a multi-year database of Manning Park birds that is shared with park staff, biologists and the general public.

It is a beloved event the Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning is proud to carry on.
A fun social event, it is also a nice time for old acquaintances to reconnect, and new birders to join a group of passionate comrades!
We are so grateful for Ross creating this lasting tradition that has improved our understanding of Manning Park’s ecological richness while also building a strong community of birders who celebrate the beauty and importance of the avian world.

COST

Cost

Full Weekend Birder – $75
Fee covers Friday & Saturday camping fees, Saturday barbecue (bring your own protein), guest speakers, birding kit and field data information, educational materials, and company of friendly, like-minded birders!

1 Night Camping Birder – $60
Fee covers Saturday night camping fees, Saturday and/or Sunday birding, Saturday barbecue (bring your own protein), guest speaker, birding kit and field data information, educational materials, and company of friendly, like-minded birders!

Day Birder + BBQ – $45
Fee covers Saturday birding with birding kit and field data information, use of educational displays and materials, and company of friendly, like-minded birders! Fee also includes the BBQ on Saturday evening (bring your own protein).

Day Birder (no BBQ) – $35
Fee covers Saturday OR Sunday birding with birding kit and field data information, use of educational materials, and company of friendly, like-minded birders!

Young Birder – $0
FREE for children and youth aged 18 and under, must be accompanied by an adult participating in event.
Fee applies to all birders; those camping and those staying at other fixed roof accommodation.

We ask that participants register and pay online by clicking HERE.  If online payment is not possible for you, please arrange payment by cheque with us well before the event.  This will help us plan for the weekend, purchase food and arrange supplies for support/educational materials!  Please contact us at tmurphy@hopemountain.org if you have any questions.


For those attending the barbecue, please bring your own protein.  We will provide a variety of salads, buns, coffee/tea, fruit juice and various condiments.  Bringing your own cutlery and plates will help with our cleanup!

PHYSICAL DEMAND

Physical Demand
Participants should be in reasonably good physical condition, but there will be plenty of opportunities to rest and enjoy the birds and surroundings–you’ll be on your own schedule!  It’s also your choice of birding trails, from flat and easy to steep and strenuous.  Please be prepared for all weather conditions. June conditions can be cold or hot, or anything in between! Temperatures at camp typically range from -3C to +20C. Snow may be encountered at higher elevations.

ITINERARY

FRIDAY

2:00 PM – Campground is open and birders can arrive and set up camp at the Horse Corral. Some birders choose to stay at nearby fixed roof accommodations or other campgrounds (at their own cost).

6:00 PM – Check-in and paperwork at the registration tent.  You can avoid the crunch and check in early, 2:00 – 6:00 PM!

7:00 PM – Orientation at the Horse Corral campground.  Birders will get an introduction to the park, form birding groups, choose trails and receive their birding kits.

8:00 PM – Evening presentation (Speaker to be announced)

Note: Late arrivals can register until 9:00 PM Friday, or Saturday morning until 9:00 AM.

SATURDAY

Morning – Starting at various times through the early morning (as arranged Friday evening), birding groups will begin hiking on different trails in Manning Park to record species and numbers of birds (by sight or call).  17 birding areas have been identified in the park and birders are welcome to visit as many of these areas as they wish.

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – New arrivals to check in at registration table at Horse Corral campground.

9:00 AM – “Introduction to Birding” for beginner birders–Kelly Pearce and Scott Denkers will lead a morning outing close to the Horse Corral along gentle trails beside the Similkameen River. For those arriving Saturday, please check-in at the group camp well before 9:00 AM.

9:00 AM – “Intermediate Birding” for birders with a little more experience–our guest leader will lead an outing exploring one of Manning’s rich birding areas. For those arriving Saturday, please check-in at the Horse Corral well before 9:00 AM.

5:00 PM – Birders gather at the Horse Corral campground for an evening barbecue (we will provide buns/dinner rolls, salads, chips, juice, tea, hot chocolate, coffee and condiments–bring your own choice of protein!).

6:30 PM – After dinner, birders will meet around the campfire for a quick run-through of the day’s bird and other wildlife sightings, sharing their thrilling moments and exciting debacles!

7:30 PM – Evening presentation

 

SUNDAY

More birding will occur in those areas not covered on Saturday, with people leaving Sunday afternoon.  If you are birding on the way out of the park, please send us your completed checklist as soon as possible.

CLICK HERE FOR MAP

MEETING PLACE

Meet at the registration/resources tent at the Horse Corral, E.C. Manning Provincial Park.

There is plenty of room for RV’s, campers, trailers and tents.

ACCOMODATION

Event Camping

Group Camping will be available at the Horse Corral campground with plenty of room for our group. Come prepared for tenting or RV camping.  There are no electrical or sewage hookups.  Facilities include outhouses, potable water and a communal campfire pit.  Bring your own folding table and chairs if possible, as picnic tables and seating are limited.

Skyview RV Campground

If you require electrical or sewer hookup for camping, there is also Skyview Campground nearby. Accommodations other than the Horse Corral are at your own cost and should be booked well in advance as space is limited and fills up quickly. Book your space at Skyview Campground by visiting https://www.manningpark.com/skyview/

Manning Park Lodge

Note: If you are staying at the resort, you should book soon. Rooms go quickly.
To book your room, call Manning Park Lodge at 1-800-330-3321 (toll-free) Accommodation may also be booked online by clicking HERE.

Lodging outside of Manning Provincial Park is also available within a 30-to-45-minute drive.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation

Participants must arrange their own transportation to Manning Provincial Park and to areas chosen for birding within the park.

WHAT TO BRING

Be prepared to camp and provide your own food–an exception is the Saturday night barbecue, when you can just arrive with protein for the grill (the Lodge restaurant is another option for food).

Come prepared to hike in a variety of weather conditions, with temperatures ranging between +20 celsius during the day and -3 at night.  Snow will likely be found at higher elevations.  Gaiters can help to keep snow out of your boots.

Recommended items:

  • Sturdy boots and gaiters
  • First aid kit
  • Water container (at least 1 litre)
  • High-energy lunches and snack food
  • Warm clothes and rain gear
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick
  • Camera, binoculars, spotting scope
  • Bird ID guide books
  • Day pack for your stuff

ADDITIONAL INFO

Liability Release Form

Everyone ages 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.

Informed Consent Form

Everyone ages 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parents or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.

CANCELLATION

Sorry, NO REFUNDS.

Registration for all programs and events run by our charity are non-refundable.

Your registration is transferable to another person qualified to participate in the program/event. If, for any reason you are not able to participate in the program you registered for, you are welcome to find someone to take your place and pass along your spot to them, for the specific program you registered for only. Please let us know of the change with as much advance notice as possible by sending us the new participant’s contact information by email to tmurphy@hopemountain.org.

Registration is not transferable to a person who is unqualified to participate, for a different program, or a different date. Thank you in advance for your support of our charitable work connecting people and nature!

A program may be cancelled at the discretion of HMCOL. If a program is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of program and equipment fees.

Please be aware that our programs run regardless of weather conditions, unless we determine that it will affect the safety of participants and/or equipment.

Our outdoor programs

Hope Mountain Centre maintains an excellent safety record. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these events do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property. We will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program. Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants.

While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.

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