With a heavy heart and after much deliberation, Hope Mountain Centre has made the decision to cancel our public summer programs (June through August) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic threat. Many reasons are behind the decision, but our primary goal is to protect the public, staff and volunteers. Hope Mountain Centre is closely monitoring the advice from the BC Public Health Office (PHO) and will adjust our plans accordingly if new data suggests a different direction.
Please don’t forget us, we’re still here! Our pause in public programming is letting us do things like upgrading school programs, sharing additional information on social media, safely continuing with our trails program and water testing, and production of short educational videos. Later in the summer, a determination will be made regarding our approach to fall public programming based on information from the Public Health Officer. In the meantime, as Dr. Bonnie Henry says, “This is our time to be kind, be calm and be safe.” We’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you all to get outdoors safely in the coming months and follow provincial guidance on safe health practice and responsible recreation.
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. Online payment helps us plan for the weekend, purchase food and arrange supplies for support and 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 Lone Duck 1 or 2 campgrounds beside Lightning Lake. Some birders choose to stay at nearby fixed roof accommodations.
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 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 later in the evening 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 along the shores of Lightning Lake and adjacent forest. For those arriving Saturday, please check-in at the group camp well before 9:00 AM.
9:00 AM – “Intermediate Birding” led by a knowledgeable birder for those with a little more experience. For those arriving Saturday, please check-in at the group camp well before 9:00 AM.
5:00 PM – Birders gather at Lone Duck 1 campground for an evening barbecue (we will provide buns/dinner rolls, salads, chips, beverages 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.
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 Lone Duck 1 & 2 campgrounds with plenty of room for our group. Come prepared for tenting or RV camping. There are no electrical or sewage hookups. Facilities include a pit toilet, drinking water and a group campfire ring. Bring your own 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.
If booking by phone, Manning Park Lodge kindly provides a 10% group discount to Bird Blitz participants over the weekend on regular room rates for Lodge rooms, cabins & chalets. Contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org for the discount code before booking. To book your room, call Manning Park Lodge at 1-800-330-3321 (toll-free). Accommodation may also be booked online (discount not available) 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
Birding Support Documents
Manning Bird Blitz Designated Birding Areas (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Manning Bird Blitz Field Tally Sheet (PDF, 74 KB)
Manning Park Bird Checklist (PDF, 3.8 MB)
Map of Manning Park Core Area (PDF, 336 KB)
Manning Park Bird Blitz Data – 2000 to 2020 DATA RECEIVED AS OF JUNE 30th, 2020 (MS Excel spreadsheet)
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.
COVID-19 NOTICE: With our public programs scheduled throughout the year and knowing the uncertainty of where this is all going, we may need to postpone or cancel programs at any time. If you want to register for programs going into the summer and fall, we have temporarily updated our cancellation policy to allow for full refunds in case of personal illness of any kind or simply cancelling due to a concern over the situation at time of the event. As always, a full refund is provided if Hope Mountain Centre decides to cancel a program. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, follow guidelines set by provincial and federal agencies, and keep you informed should conditions change.
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.