Birdwatching in Merritt BC has a dedicated following throughout the Nicola Valley. It only makes sense, as Nicola Valley birding is enjoyed on our rivers, throughout our grasslands, rolling hills, forests, in our parks and on our hundreds of wilderness lakes. The beautiful landscape and the mild weather makes for ideal conditions for birders and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy a great day of birding year round.
Locally, the Nicola Valley Naturalists, are our resident experts. They are often getting together to discuss the Merritt bird population and any recent bird sightings. Every year the group participates in bird counts as well. The goal of a bird count is to document any increases and declines in the local birding numbers, and any rare bird sightings. The Nicola Valley Naturalists is a volunteer association doing great things for our resident and migrating birds.
People from all over Canada and the world are into birdwatching adventures. British Columbia is well documented as one of the top birding destinations in Canada.
"11% of British Columbians were most likely to have bought bird books, binoculars or travelled to watch birds." Stats Can
When birdwatching in Merritt BC some of the bird species to watch for include:
Red-tailed Hawks, Pine Siskin, Northern Shoveler, Red-breasted Merganser, American Coot, Merlin, Pygmy Nuthatch, American Wigeon, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Harrier, American Dipper, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Tundra Swans and Trumpeter Swans.
"A major objective of Nicola Naturalist Society is to provide education and information on the wild organisms and ecosystems of the BC interior. Especially those that are found in the Nicola Valley area. They have regular meetings at the theatre at NVIT (Nicola Valley Institute of Technology). The group have all kinds of great field events like amphibian monitoring and the Christmas bird count. They can count me in for that one this year." Julie Pollard - Experience Nicola Valley Blogger