Birdwatching Backpacks

Birdwatching Backpacks (Library of Things)

Birdwatching Backpacks are now part of The Library of Things at PPL. They are available for loan – free with your PPL card!

You can put one on hold here: Birdwatching Backpacks Link


Birdwatching Backpacks at PPL

Birdwatching has come to the library! Humans have studied birds for generations, and more recently birdwatching has become popular as a way to reconnect with nature. It’s now one of the fastest growing pastimes in North America! No matter your age or background, birdwatching is a relaxing and educational activity the whole family can enjoy.

Birdwatching supports STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) through observation of the natural world. The study of birds and their habitat can provide a deeper understanding of ecology, biodiversity and the environment.


Borrowing a Birdwatching Backpack With Your PPL Card

Want to borrow a Birdwatching Backpack? It’s easy! All you need is an PPL card, or a BC One Card.

You may check out your Birdwatching Backpack for two weeks. Please return your Birdwatching Backpack to a service desk. Do not put it in a book drop! Overdue items are subject to Fines and Fees


What's Inside

Each Birdwatching Backpack contains:

A pair of Vortex Crossfire high-quality binoculars with soft case

The National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America

British Columbia Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

Best Places to Bird in British Columbia

“The Okanagan Valley Birding Trail”

A laminated birding guide with helpful tips

A list of everything in the backpack 

A customer survey for your feedback


Birdwatching Resources - Keep Learning

Want to learn more about birds, birdwatching, nature and wildlife? Borrow other library materials on birds or birdwatching. You can also access Birdwatching and Audubon magazines online through Overdrive/Libby.

Want a currated list of local birds with photos from the South Okanagan Naturalists Club? Go here: Birds of the Okanagan Valley


Check out these free birdwatching apps (available from Google Play and the Apple App Store):


Merlin Bird ID


Audubon Bird Guide

Seek by iNaturalist

If smartphones aren’t your style, try these websites:

Cornell’s All About Birds 

Atlas of the Breeding Birds of BC 


You can also learn more through local organizations and their websites!

BC Nature: Federation of BC Naturalists

Bird Studies Canada

Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society (OSS)

South Okanagan Naturalist Society 

Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance


Beginners Guide to Birding

Okanagan-Similkameen Stewardship Society videos 


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**Some of the wording here was borrowed from FVRL and their amazing Birdwatching backpacks




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