Manning’s diverse mix of coastal, mountain, and interior climates support a huge variety of birds — over 200 species.
June is a great time to visit the park, when forests are alive with a riot of birds noisily advertising for mates and defending territory. This, combined with the park’s extensive network of scenic trails, makes Manning a paradise for birders!
Established in 1983, the Manning Park Bird Blitz is one of BC’s longest-running bird counts. The event provides a vital service to Manning Park — birders are helping to build a database that now spans over 30 years, giving biologists a better picture of the park’s changing species diversity over time.
Participant Comments from previous Manning Park Bird Blitzes:
“We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the birding blitz event at Manning Park… many thanks to Kelly and Scott (and all the others at Hope Mountain Centre) that organized and delivered the event.”
“Excellent work, thank you ALL for your energy and efforts (hope to see you next year).”
“…it is so well organized and Kelly and Scott are fantastic and enthusiastic leaders. We always have a great time.”
“Had a great time and wish the event was longer. Thanks!”
“Very friendly, organised program & lots of information available on site & by other birders. Thanks.”
BIRDING BY BOAT, an exciting new program offered by Manning Park Resort, Sunday morning, June 19th. Click on image for more information. (downloadable PDF)
Manning Park bird blitz data are available from previous years. See “ADDITIONAL INFO” below.
Full Weekend Birder – $60
Fee covers Friday & Saturday camping at Lone Duck I or II campgrounds, barbecue (bring own protein), guest speaker, birding kit and field data information, use of educational displays and materials, and company of friendly, like-minded birders!
Day Birder + Saturday BBQ & Guest Speaker – $50
Fee covers Saturday camping at Lone Duck I or II campgrounds, barbecue (bring own protein), guest speaker, birding kit and field data information, use of educational displays and materials, and company of friendly, like-minded birders!
Day Birder – $30
Fee covers Saturday OR Sunday birding with birding kit and field data information, use of educational displays and materials, and company of friendly, like-minded birders!
Young Birder – $0
FREE for youth aged 18 and under, accompanied by an adult.
Fee applies to all birders; those camping at Lone Duck Campgrounds and those staying at other fixed roof accommodation.
We ask that participants register and pay online by clicking HERE. If on-line 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 604-869-1274 or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
For those attending the barbecue, please bring your own protein. We will provide a choice of salads, buns, coffee/tea, fruit juice and various condiments. Bringing your own cutlery and plates will help with our cleanup!
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. Snow may be encountered at higher elevations. Temperatures at camp can range from +20 degrees during the day to -3 degrees celsius at night.
2:00 PM – Birders arrive and set up camp at Lone Duck I or II Campgrounds beside Lightning Lake. Some birders choose to stay at nearby fixed roof accommodation.
6:00 PM – Check-in and paperwork at the registration tent at Lone Duck I. You can avoid the crunch and check in early, 2:00 – 6:00 PM!
7:00 PM – Orientation at Lone Duck I. Birders will get an introduction to the park, form birding groups, choose trails and receive their birding kits.
8:00 PM – Biologist, Sarah McArthur, will provide a warm-up of our birding skills and a presentation entitled “Citizen Science as a Tool for Ornithological/Ecological Research.”
Note: Late arrivals can register at Lone Duck I until 10:00 PM Friday, or Saturday morning until 9:00 AM. See map for directions to Lone Duck Campgrounds and area.
Morning – Starting at various times through the early morning (as arranged Friday evening), birding groups will begin hiking 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.
9:00 AM – “Introduction to Birding” for beginner birders–we will explore the shores of Lightning Lake and adjacent forest. For those arriving Saturday, please check-in at the group camp before 9:00 AM.
5:00 PM – Birders gather at Lone Duck Camp for an evening barbecue with buns, salads, and drinks (bring your own protein!).
7:00 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.
8:00 PM – Evening presentation with bird researchers Catherine Welke and Libby Natola.
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 checklist as soon as possible.
Camping at Lone Duck I or II Campgrounds.
These are BC Parks “Group Sites,” with plenty of room for at least 100 people. Come prepared for tenting or RV camping. There are no electrical or sewage hookups. Facilities include pit toilets, drinking water, two covered cook shelters with wood stoves for warmth and two group campfire rings. Bring your own table and chairs if possible, as picnic tables and seating are limited.
Manning Park Lodge
If booking by phone, Manning Park Lodge will provide a 10% group discount to Bird Blitz participants over the weekend on regular room rates for Lodge rooms, cabins & chalets. To book your room, call Manning Park Lodge at 1-800-330-3321 (toll-free) and make sure to mention you’re attending the Bird Blitz. Accommodation may also be booked online (without the 10% discount) by clicking HERE.
Lodging outside of Manning Provincial Park is also available within a 30 to 45 minute drive.
Except for the Saturday night barbecue, when you can just arrive with protein for the grill, be prepared to camp and provide your own food (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.
- Sturdy boots and gaiters
- First aid kit
- Water container (at least 1 litre)
- High-energy lunches and snack food
- Warm clothes and rain gear
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, camera, binoculars, bird ID guide books
Everyone age 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.
Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.
If a registration is cancelled 7 days or more before a program starts, HMCOL will refund the program fee and equipment rental fees (as applicable) minus an administrative cost of $20 per person. Program and equipment rental fees will not be refunded if a cancellation is received less than 7 days before the start of a program. 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.
A NOTE ABOUT LIABILITY
Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and 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 Fido at home.
Co-Sponsorship of the Bird Blitz
The Bird Blitz is supported and delivered by two non-profit organizations – Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning and BC Nature. Both organizations are devoted to nature appreciation and stewardship, and together, they bring long-term stability and increased promotion to this great Manning Park tradition.