After much deliberation, Hope Mountain Centre has made the decision to cancel the program but hoping birders will support the bird blitz as a “do-it-yourself” style event following BC Public Health Office (PHO) orders in response to COVID-19. 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 PHO and will adjust plans accordingly if new data suggests a different direction.
Please don’t forget us, we’re still here! Our continued 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 educational videos for school programs. A determination will be made regarding our programs approach through the summer based on information from BC’s Public Health Office. 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 and do some birding following provincial guidance on safe health practices 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. Help us continue collecting data this year as we did so successfully in 2020 with a do-it-yourself event.
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.”
This is a “do-it-yourself” event again this year and there is no fee.
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.
On your own. Thanks for helping us maintain bird data continuity this year.
Participants must arrange their own transportation to Manning Provincial Park and to areas chosen for birding within the park.
On your own.
Manning Park Lodge
If you choose to stay at the resort, you should book early–rooms go quickly.
Lodging outside of Manning Provincial Park is also available within a 30 to 45 minute drive.
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 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 (MS Excel spreadsheet)
There is no registration this year, but we’d love to hear of your plans if you decide to go birding on your own.
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.