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birdwatching in revelstoke

The best places to birdwatch in Revelstoke.

Revelstoke is located in BC’s rare inland temperate rainforest, and is a prime location for spotting over 250 species of migrating and nesting birds. Species are most diverse in May through to September. The Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk in Mount Revelstoke National Park was once the¬†only site in British Columbia where breeding songbird populations are monitored on a regular basis through bird banding. Generally, the most birds you would see in a day in June would be over 50 species out of the 180+ that have been recorded there. When the summit of Mount Revelstoke National Park opens, not only will you have the chance to spot hawk owls, boreal chicadees, and blue grouse, you will also experience the spectacular wildflower blooms the park is known for. Mt. Revelstoke National Park is also one of the only places in Canada that is home to four species of chickadees — Chestnut-Backed and Black-Capped (Giant Cedars Boardwalk), plus the Mountain and Boreal (summit). For a checklist of birds to find in Mt. Revelstoke & Glacier National Parks (and other animals too!) you can download this PDF checklist here.

Down along the Greenbelt and the Flats along the Columbia River there have been over 50 species of birds recorded.

Below are just a few of the birds that can be found in Revelstoke.
You can download a PDF of a map with birding locations in Revelstoke here.

Yellow Warbler
Abundant in the summer only and after migration. Popular spots to find this petite little ball of sunshine are on the Greenbelt Trails, Greely and Greenslide.

Lazuli Bunting
These beautiful blue, white and cinnamon birds are plentiful during and after migration, and nest here as well. They can be found on the Greenbelt, Airport Ponds, Greely — almost anywhere!

Hawk Owl
These birds are fairly scarce, but that does not mean they are not there! This photo was taken in the Arrow Heights neighborhood, but there have been sightings on the summit of Mt. Revelstoke National Park in the summer months.

Varied Thrush
These can be found at feeders around town just as winter is over and stay until it begins to snow again. During winter, they retreat to thicker forests such as the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk and the summit of Mt. Revelstoke National Park, and Greely.

Bald Eagle
Year-round there about 4-5 that are mostly by the Revelstoke Dam and by the Tum Tum River (across from the Greenbelt). During ice melt (generally the first week of April) on the ponds near the Airport, there are as many as 60 eagles feeding on frozen fish caught in the ice.

Download a PDF of a map with birding locations in Revelstoke here.

Want to learn more about Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks? Visit this page here.