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.
BIRD BLITZ DATA AVAILABLE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. SEE “ADDITIONAL INFO.”
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.”
Full Weekend Birder – $60
Fee covers Friday & Saturday camping fees, 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 fees, 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 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 604-869-1274 or send us an e-mail at email@example.com 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 the Horse Corral . Some birders choose to stay at nearby fixed roof accommodations (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.
Note: Late arrivals can register until 10:00 PM Friday, or Saturday morning until 9:00 AM.
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–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–a knowledgeable birder, Bill Kincaid, 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.
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.
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. There are no electrical or sewer hookups. The campground has a communal fire pit, portable water and outhouses. Picnic tables are limited, so campers are encouraged to bring folding tables and chairs of their own.
Manning Park Lodge is close to the Horse Corral and offers hotel rooms plus a variety of cabins and chalets at own cost. (Please book ahead as rooms are limited)
Participants must arrange their own transportation to Manning Provincial Park and to areas chosen for birding within the park.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
Program is non-refundable.
With consideration of COVID-19 global pandemic, registration will be fully refunded for cancellations with proof of a positive COVID 19 test. We ask every participant to please avoid contact with others if you are feeling unwell. You must call 604-869-1274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be eligible for a refund.
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.
Sponsorship of the Bird Blitz
With the support of BC Nature, the Manning Park Bird Blitz is organized and delivered by Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning. Both non-profit organizations are devoted to nature appreciation and stewardship, and together, they bring long-term stability and increased promotion to this great Manning Park citizen science tradition.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.