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Northwest Territories

Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus ©Paul Gale Website

Birding Northwest Territories

Located in northern Canada, Northwest Territories borders Canada's two other territories, Yukon to the west and Nunavut to the east, and three provinces: British Columbia to the southwest, Alberta and Saskatchewan to the south. It has an area of 1,140,835 square kilometres (440,479 sq mi) and a population of 41,464 as of the 2006 census, an increase of 11.0% from 2001. Its capital has been Yellowknife since 1967.

Geographical features include the vast Great Bear and Great Slave Lakes, as well as the immense Mackenzie River and the canyons of the Nahanni National Park Reserve, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Territorial islands in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago include Banks Island, Borden Island, Prince Patrick Island, and parts of Victoria Island and Melville Island. The highest point is Mount Nirvana near the border with Yukon at an elevation 2,773 metres (9,098 ft).



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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 341

Provincial Bird - Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus


Abbreviations Key: See the appropriate Continent Page (or Country Page of those used on country sub-divisions)

The Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary


Satellite View

Covering an area of approximately 26,000 sq. miles, the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary, straddling the boundary of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in Canada's mainland Arctic, is the largest and most remote wildlife refuge on the North America continent - and possibly the world. As there is little surrounding development in this region, the unusual forest oasis located far out on the tundra truly represents one of the last great, unaltered ecosystems on our planet. For those few fortunate enough to have ever visited this extreme remote region, the experience is like stepping back to a time when grizzly, wolves and musk-ox ruled the earth...

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal


Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Nahanni River Tours

Tour Operator

For nearly two decades Neil Hartling and Barry Beales of Nahanni River Adventures and Whitewolf Expeditions have fine tuned the most extensive offerings of the best of the north. In 1997 the two companies joined together to capitalise on the strengths of each outfit. The resulting selection has been referred to as the life list of northern rivers - all must do`s.

Trip Reports

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Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2001 [06 June] - Paul Jones


The following is an account of a two week trip to the Yukon, north-eastern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. During the first week (June 9 to June 14) I intensively birded the southern Yukon, north-eastern British Columbia and south-western Northwest Territories. At the beginning of the second week I met family members in Whitehorse. From June 15 to June 24 we traveled at a slower pace north to Inuvik and back to Whitehorse…

Places to Stay

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Inns North


A gazateer of communities, wildlife and places to stay in the NWT and Nunavut…

Other Links

Birding the Deh Cho


The Deh Cho Connection is a circle route. It begins at Dawson Creek, BC, runs north through Fort Liard, east across the Northwest Territories and south into Alberta…

Birds of Aulavik National Park


Since there are no trees and almost no cliffs on Banks Island, nests are built on the ground and slopes making the birds very vulnerable to predators. Unfortunately, the people in Sachs Harbor have killed many of the wolves on Banks Island making foxes much more common. The foxes in turn prey on the birds, eggs, and chicks.

Northwest Territories bird watching


Discover the top birding locations in Northwest Territories. Find out more about Northwest Territories Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in Northwest Territories. Print out a checklist of Northwest Territories birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Northwest Territories. Order books to help you become a better birder in Northwest Territories. Discover links to Northwest Territories Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Northwest Territories before you begin your trip…

Northwest Territories Hotspots


Northwest Territories Hotspots, photos, reports etc…