Birding Factoids
(NWT data - not yet split) 

309 species
in 40 families

20 of the 246 
species endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
No endemic species. 

Checklist of Northwest Territories BirdsLocal EventsTours and GuidesEco-Lodges and Other AccomodationRare Bird AlertsSpeciality Birds
Nunavit Specialities
(Pause your cursor on the photo to see the species name. Click on the birds for more info... )
Sandhill Crane - Photo by Marcus Martin
Photo by Marcus Martin

White-rumped Sandpiper - Photo copyright Bill Scholtz

Photo copyright Bill Scholtz

Long-tailed Jaeger - Photo by Martin Reid

Photo copyright Martin Reid

Arctic Tern - Photo copyright John Harrison

Photo copyright John Harrison

Lapland Longspur - Photo by Marcus Martin

Photo by Marcus Martin

Solitary Sandpiper - Photo copyright Robert Royse

Photo copyright Robert Royse

Sabine's Gull (juvenile) - Photo copyright Frode Falkenberg

Photo copyright Frode Falkenberg
    ....Nunavut Parks - this web-site provides a map showing the location
      of all communities, national and territorial parks in the new territory of Nunavut. Click on the Parks Directory Icon on this page for more details on each park. Some entries give some brief birding information. 
    ....Potential Northwest Territories IBAs - This is a working list and 
      map of potential Important Bird Areas in Nunavut and the NWT. The process of identifying IBAs in this region is by no means complete. Additional sites that qualify as IBAs will likely be identified and likewise, some of the sites mapped may not qualify as IBAs once a thorough evaluation is completed. Once a site has been formally identified as an IBA the site name is linked to a one-page site summary. Includes details about:
      • Cambridge Point
      • Prince Leopold Island
      • Cape Hay
      • Southwest Bylot Island (Pond Inlet)
      • Cape Searle
      • Fox Basin Islands
      • Sass and Nyarling Rivers
      • Queen Maude Gulf
      • Rasmussen Lowlands
      • Coats Island
      • Diggs Sound
      • Akpatok Island
    ....Bylot Island National Migratory Bird Sanctuary
    ....Birds and Birding - by Robin Johnstone. Birding opportunities
      in Nunavut are extensive and exciting, whether you are an expert birder hoping to add rare arctic species to your life list of birds, or someone who simply delights in watching birds going about their business. The Arctic is characterized by having few bird species, relative to temperate or tropical ecosystems. 
    ....Two Dutch Birders in Canada - by Ruud and Kitty Kampf. During
      our summer holidays in 1988, we used a Canadian Airlines air-pass to visit a variety of sites in western and northern Canada. It was an interesting trip, in a spectacular country, with wonderful weather, and plenty of mosquitos.Ruud and Kitty Kampf are Dutch birders, with a strong interest in the birds of Canada, particularly in out-of-the-way places. See also their pictures of Ellesmere Island.
    ....Trip Report: Nunavit: Bathurst Island - Summary of Summer Sightings
      by John Geale. Here's a trivia question for you. Where in Canada could a birder live for six weeks at the height of the breeding season, spend virtually every waking moment birding, and see a grand total of 30 species? Being the observant Birder that you are, I suppose the title has tipped you off. 
    ....Trip Report: North Ellesmere Island - Summer 1991 by John McLean.
      Northern Ellesmere Island is the site of Canada's most northern national park.  Nothing lies to the north of this area except 700 kilometres of ice-bound sea reaching to the north pole. Why would anyone go there to bird?  Most wouldn't.  But when you combine the birding with beautiful scenery, unique plant and animal life, excellent weather, and exceptional hiking, the trip is well worth the expense. 
    ....Trip Report: Arviat - 20 - 23 January 1998 by Larry de March. 
      Business took me to Arviat, (formerly Eskimo Point) Northwest Territories. pop. 1400 , 163 miles due North of Churchill Manitoba Jan. 20-23.  The habitat is tundra on the shore of Hudson Bay. Temperatures were in the -30° to -40° C range with winds of 20-40 kph. 
    ....Trip Report: Loon Island Trip List - Summer 1999 by Jody Sonmor. 
      A birding trip to Loon Island, Nunavut (53'48.97N, 79'10.80W), near the eastern shore of James Bay. 

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Tours and Guides

>>>>>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Nunavut Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Grey-Cheeked Thrush - Courtesy of SW Louisiana Birding Page
Courtesy of SouthWest Louisiana Birding Page
    Canadian Tour Operator....EcoSummer Expeditions - Waters of the Polar Inuit - Sea Kayaking 
      (2 weeks) - out of Resolute Bay, Nunavit - Paddling in this area of northwestern Greenland humbles the kayaker with its massive icebergs and bold coastal landscape. Exploring these waters can provide viewing opportunities for herds of harp seals, abundant birdlife, and the elusive Narwhal. 

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Thayer's Gull - Photo copyright Don DesJardin
Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Gyrfalcon - Photo copyright Don Baccus

Photo copyright Don Baccus
      ** Arctic Lodge - Canadian Arctic Holidays operates Arctic 
        Watch, Canada's most northerly wilderness adventure lodge located on Somerset Island, Nunavut. A visit to Arctic Watch is an all-encompassing arctic safari. Visitors to Arctic Watch see thousands of beluga whales, muskox, arctic foxes, birds, and archeological sites.
      ** Bathurst Inlet Lodge - A visit to the full service, all inclusive
        Bathurst Inlet Lodge offers an extraordinary experience in a wild and ruggedly beautiful land, yet provides a level of personal comfort that is rarely found in such remote areas. The season is short, but there is something for everyone in each week. Early in the season, the small birds are nesting. Any of the weeks are excellent for flowers, louseworts, bearberry, and great shows of heather, rhododendron, and mountain avens. Raptors, gulls, and loons nest throughout the season. Early in the summer, you can visit the sea ice, and later can range more freely on the Inlet, visiting ancient campsites and following the path of the Franklin expedition. 

        Lyn Hancock, who is a well known Northern travel writer and has visited almost every community in NWT and Nunavut says: "Bathurst Inlet Lodge is not only the highlight of the region; it is the highlight of a vacation in the whole Northwest Territories and Nunavut.  It offers all - in one place- that a visitor might seek from an arctic experience." 

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Rare Bird Alert

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North American Specialities in

the Northwest Territories

(Nunavut information not yet available)

Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5.
These counts will differ in minor ways from counts based on the ABA classification,
but an international checklist system was required to enable world-wide
country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon, or extremely rare
at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of
each species noted below have been made in the Northwest Territories. Consult the
Breeding Bird Survey or Christmas Bird Count data on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center website
to determine the "best" place to see each bird.

North American Endemic Specialities in NWT - No Canadian Endemics

___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ Blue Grouse
___ California Gull
___ Clark's Nutcracker
___ Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ Le Conte's Sparrow
___ Mew Gull
___ Mountain Bluebird
___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
___ Pileated Woodpecker
___ Ruffed Grouse
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Sharp-tailed Grouse
___ Smith's Longspur
___ Spruce Grouse
___ Townsend's Solitaire
___ Trumpeter Swan
___ Whooping Crane
___ White-tailed Ptarmigan

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