Accommodations are provided for the nights of March 6 & 7. Meals are included, beginning with lunch on March 6 and ending with lunch on March 8. Transportation via SUV or van, depending on group size, included, as are the services of expert bird guide throughout the trip.
Weather and What to Bring:
Alberta’s winter temperatures cam be cold. Be well prepared for this, as temperatures can range anywhere from above freezing to -30 degrees Celsius. There is usually little cloud cover during these months, and the sun will be shining, but won’t give off much warmth. Bring a thick winter coat as well as many layers to prepare for the winter birding. Sunglasses will be helpful, together with gloves, toque and good hiking / winter boots that provide grip on packed snow.
Though your guide will have a scope, you may want to bring your own along as well. The guide will also have field guides and other references, but feel free to bring along your own favorite field guide as well. Don't forget your binoculars and your camera with plenty of space on your memory cards!
Pace of Tour:
During this tour, one should expect full days, beginning at dawn and typically finishing up at dusk. Quite a bit of time will be spent in the vehicles, searching for owls are we slowly cruise along. We will make sure everyone has ample time to take photographs and get good views, if the owls oblige, of course. We will be observing the owls ethically, so that means we won't intentionally flush them or get too close.