tofino birding - watch birds photo: adrian dorst visit the photographer's website

Watch Birds in Tofino!

by Adrian Dorst, Tofino


Who are these people walking around Tofino with binoculars hanging from their necks, sometimes armed with huge tripods, spotting scopes and cameras?

Are they mad?

No, they are just part of the fastest growing outdoor activity in North America: Bird watching.

In the last ten years in the US alone, the number of bird watchers has grown from 22 to 55 million. Bird watching is popular in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Costa Rica and is growing fast in Mexico.

Birds are found in just about all habitats. Having the ability to migrate and navigate, bird populations are never static and here lies the challenge in birding. Finding them takes skills in not only visual identification but knowledge of bird sounds. A small "cheep" in the bushes might not mean anything to the non-birder but to the skilled birder it could be the only clue to the existence of a furtive species. Since native bird populations are best found in undisturbed habitat and these areas are often not easy to access, avid birders will go to extreme efforts to get to the hot bird spots. Kayaking rainforest rivers that cannot even be safely rafted or paragliding into roadless areas of Nepal in search of rare birds is all in a days birding nowadays. Anyone who thinks that birders are all armchair recreationists had better think twice today.

Birders are also some of the most committed conservationists that you will meet. You may find yourself going for a hike in a "bird refuge." Remind yourself that these areas would not be preserved or protected if it was not for the legions of birders who are willing to put their money where most people's mouths are.

Birders vary greatly in their approach to the sport. (I would be happy to debate whether birding is a sport or not with anyone who has all the other "sport" skills to travel safely in all types of terrain in all kind of weather.) Some birdwatchers are very competitive and try to get as many new bird species as unreasonably possible in one year, or in a life time. This requires a big travel plan and budget to accomplish these goals. Some are called "twitchers" and try to list their new species but don't risk life and limb to get their birds. Other bird watchers take a less competitive approach and just enjoy the birds they see, not paying much attention to lists and records.

Tofino has prime bird habitat and protected areas, and is situated on the Pacific Flyway. Huge eel grass beds are the resting and feeding grounds for thousands of shorebirds and geese in the spring. Over 50 Red Knots, an uncommon species of sandpiper, were seen here this spring. This area is known for storm blown rarities, and Tofino has the first Canadian record for Oriental Turtle Dove and the third Canadian record for Rustic Bunting.

Tofino birdwatching offers opportunities to have world class birding in the protected habitat of the Clayoquot Sound area.

Adrian Dorst is a Tofino nature photographer, carver, and birdwatching guide. His photos can be found in our photo gallery or on Adrian's website at

tofino | tofino time | activities | accommodation | events | directory
maps | travel | food | art & artists | photos | horoscope | tides
search | magazine | issues | articles | advertising | contact us

hosted in tofino by & studio tofino
© 2002-2014 copyright Tofino Time Magazine in Tofino Canada
© 2002-2011 Tofino Time Magazine & ThinkTank Design Inc.

Tofino birdwatching offers opportunities to have world class birding in the protected habitat of the Clayoquot Sound area.

tofino time june 2002

quick links:
tofino accomodations
tofino calendar

tofino surf report
tofino horoscope
september horoscope
tofino map
tofino fishing report
tofino tides
tofino weddings

tofino events:
tofino concerts
tofino events
tofino movies
tofino festivals
tofino yoga classes

tofino time magazine:
tofino time september 2012
captain vincente tofino
readers choice: the best of tofino
floating gardens at freedom cove
tofino event listings for september 2012
tofino concerts in september 2012
tofino movies in september 2012
tofino tide table for september 2012
tofino surf reports for september 2012
cox bay | wickaninnish beach
chesterman beach
tonquin beach
tofino brewing co.
horoscope for april 2013
tofino wedding guide

tofino accommodation:
tofino cabin
tofino camping
bed & breakfasts in Tofino
tofino hostels
tofino motels
tofino hotels
tofino vacation rentals
petfriendly accommodation

tofino bike rentals
tofino bear watching
tofino bird watching
tofino boat charters & cruises
tofino fishing
hot springs cove
sea kayaking in tofino
tofino storm watching
tofino surfing
tofino whale watching
tofino yoga

tofino art galleries
tofino books
tofino boutiques & gift shops
food stores in tofino
tofino outfitters

tofino yoga, spa & wellness
tofino restaurants
tofino internet cafes
tofino travel & transportation
tofino real estate
tofino vacation rentals
tofino weddings

tofino events
tofino concerts
tofino movies
tofino calendar
tofino cabins
tofino maps
tofino jobs
tofino media