Building Nests for Local Birds: Birdhouse Making Workshop with Jim Critchley

Can you tell the difference between a Robin and a Sparrow? OK, that one might be a bit easy, but this is the workshop for you if you've ever wished you knew more about birds! Do you enjoy hearing the chirping of birds in the morning? Are you curious about the types of birds that may create their nests in your backyard? 

This Birding and Building outdoor experience will focus on the birds that can be found at the Leighton Art Centre in our Alberta Foothills. Come and learn about the special bird adaptations that make each species successful in the diverse environment at the Centre. We will look for the soarers (hawks and falcons), the perchers (wrens, bluebirds etc.), the walkers (plovers, killdeers, robins) and the waders and swimmers (ducks and geese).

The Leighton Art Centre invites you to come and build your own birdhouse with the guidance of instructor Jim Critchley. Passionate about birds, Jim will discuss behaviors and ecology of the Mountain Bluebird any other species of birds that may like to nest in your new birdhouse. 

Direct adult supervision is required for children under 10 years old.  

Here is what past participants have said about Jim Critchley`s Birding workshops at the Leighton Art Centre: 

'' I left with an excellent knowledge and understanding of the birds and animals that call the Leighton property and the general vicinity their home. Additionally, Jim provided me with insight about their distinguishing characteristics, habits, etc. '' 

'' The Leighton Art Centre is a superb location. Our kids enjoyed building Birdhouses and we all found out lots of information from Jim.'' 

Audience: This nature tour is open to curious people of all ages! Families are welcome to join! 

Supplies: All the supplies are provided. Please bring your own hammer, ear plugs or ear muffs as well as safety glasses (sunglasses work too).  

Registration:  

One birdhouse ticket is $20 plus GST and Eventbrite Fees* . These tickets are ideal for parent-child under 10 years old who wish to only make one birdhouse. 

Two birdhouse tickets are $35 plus GST and Eventbrite Fees* 

* or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Tues-Sat, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees! 

Registration closes on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 9 PM.

Did you know that Members of the Leighton Art Centre get 10% off the registration cost of all workshops and kids’ summer camps? Visit the Members page on our website to find out more about our memberships.

For our Cancellation and Refund Policy, please visit the Workshop page on our website. 

Guide's Biography

This workshop will be led by retired Science Teacher, biologist and naturalist, Jim Critchley B.E.S, B.Ed, M.Ed. Jim is an experienced field researcher and Educator. He holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental studies and has worked as a research technologist on an Atlantic Salmon spawning river for the Woods Hole Oceanographic institute.