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Banff National Park
Banff National Park is 2,564 square miles in size and is located in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta in Canada. It is about 1.5 hours drive west of Calgary. Over 260 species of birds have been recorded in the Park.
 Notable Species
Harlequin Duck, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Common Raven, Clark's Nutcracker, Gray Jay, Black Swift, American Dipper, Mountain Chickadee, Fox Sparrow, Townsend's Warbler, Varied Thrush, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. During nesting season, Johnston Canyon is a good place to see Black Swift and American Dipper. Look out for the swifts flying up to and through the waterfalls, and the dippers flying low over the water and under the bridges, where they often build their nests.
Birds you can see here include:
Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Gadwall , American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Blue Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Sora, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, American Avocet, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Marbled Godwit, White-rumped Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, California Gull, Rock Pigeon, Great Horned Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Barred Owl, Great Gray Owl, Black Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Northern Shrike, Warbling Vireo, Gray Jay, Steller's Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, House Wren, Winter Wren, American Dipper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Varied Thrush, European Starling, American Pipit, Bohemian Waxwing, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Snow Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Pine Grosbeak, Purple Finch, House Finch, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Pine Siskin, House Sparrow
 Other Wildlife
Elk, Moose, Mule Deer, White-tailed Deer, Woodland Caribou, Bighorn Sheep, Grizzly Bear, Black Bear, Canada Lynx, Cougar, Coyote, Grey Wolf, Red Fox, Marten, Fisher, Ermine, Weasel, Mink, Wolverine, Badger, Striped Skunk, River Otter, Snowshoe Hare, Pika, Hoary Marmot, Red Squirrel, Columbian Ground Squirrel, Least Chipmunk, Yellow-pine Chipmunk, Beaver, Deer Mouse, Muskrat, Northern Bog Lemming, Porcupine
 Site Information
 History and Use
In 1883, some railroad construction workers in Alberta, found some hot springs in a cave on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains and from that simple discovery Canada's first national park was born. Banff National Park is 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) in size and contains many birds and wildlife and the most stunning scenery: mountains, valleys, waterfalls, glaciers, rivers, forests and meadows. It is now one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.
 Areas of Interest
 Access and Facilities
Daily Entrance fees - 2013 rates:
 Contact Details
Banff National Park
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