The holiday season is fast approaching and, perhaps like us, you’re scrambling a bit to find the perfect bird-related gifts. We’ve compiled a short list of gift ideas for the birder in your life from shops along the BC Bird Trail, ranging from books to collectables to backyard bird accessories. We also included some more hands-on gifts such as birding tours and photography lessons from BC birders.

We did our best to keep this list BC-focused so we can all do our part to support our local shops this holiday season.

West Coast Seeds

Suet Cake Bird Feeder from West Coast Seeds

Winter is coming! And that means your resident birds will appreciate the extra help in making sure they can get their essential calories to keep warm in these colder months. This Suet Cake Feeder from West Coast Seeds offers an easy solution to help out your backyard birds. Pair it with their Wild Bird Seed Suet Cakes to make the complete gift!

Order online through their website (shipping available) or pop by one of their many locations throughout BC.

Volume One Bookstore

Birds of Southwestern British Columbia, an essential for birders

Around the Duncan area? Birds of Southwestern British Columbia (written by Richard Cannings, Hal Opperman, Tom Aversa) is a perfect book for any budding birder. It details more than 200 bird species living from Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and the Sunshine Coast.

Online ordering available through their website with curbside or in-store pick-up.

Strong Nations

Beautiful red hummingbird shawl by Andrew Williams

Find unique gifts from children’s books to clothing to jewellery, and more, at the Indigenous owned and operated Strong Nations.

Order online through their website and have your items delivered or opt-in for curbside pick-up if you live in the Nanaimo area.

The Mulberry Bush Bookstore

Birding for Kids by Canadian authors Damon Calderwood and Donald E. Waite

Get your young birders started early by pre-ordering Birding for Kids from The Mulberry Bush Bookstore. Filled with full-colour photos, fascinating facts, and fun projects that allow children to get up close and personal with nature while respecting the habitats of birds in the wild.

Order online through their website and either pick-up at their Parksville or Qualicum locations.

Albany Books

50 postcard set featuring art by David Sibley

For those in the Richmond Delta area, Albany Books has many bird gifts and books to stuff any bird-lovers’ stockings. This beautiful box of 50 postcards features original bird watercolour paintings by renowned ornithologist David Sibley. Lovely postcards to mail to friends and family or keep favourites framed at home.

Order online through their website and browse all their great bird gift ideas.

Wendels Bookstore & Cafe

Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder by Julia Zarankin

An amazing memoir about becoming an avid birder, Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder tells the story of how Julia Zarankin found meaning in midlife through birds. Zarankin’s thoughtful and witty anecdotes illuminate the joyful experience of a new discovery and the surprising pleasure to be found while standing still on the edge of a lake at six a.m.

Available to order online through Wednel’s new online bookstore service, with options for delivery or contactless pickup from their Fort Langley location.

Some other local gift ideas for birders:

  • Membership to WildResearch – A great way to learn about nature, contribute to conservation projects, and become involved in the local community. Members get hands-on experience with birding research programs, bird branding, and more!
  • Membership to the British Columbia Field Ornithologists – A not-for-profit, charitable organization of birders and ornithologists, from novices to experts, that is committed to the study, preservation, and enjoyment of British Columbia’s wild birds. 
  • Birding Photography Workshops by Liron Gertsman – Accomplished nature photographer featured in Canadian Geographic magazine, The Guardian, GEO magazine, and more. For those in the Vancouver area, private lessons can be tailored to specific interests and are open to all levels of photographer.
  • Guided Birding Tour by Michael Klotz – Tours of Vancouver and the surrounding area are offered for half-day and full-day excursions by Michael, who has over 25 years of experience birding in the Vancouver, BC area.
  • Bird Photography Prints by Christina Schulz – A wildlife and nature photographer based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. 
  • Adopt a Bird – Support the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre by adopting a rescued bird through their Animal Adoption Program! There are different tiered options for adoption packages that offer a variety of different perks.

Please note there is a current travel advisory in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to December 7, 2020 at midnight for British Columbia from the Provincial Health Officer. At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. For more information, visit the Government of British Columbia’s website.