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Bird Week celebrations in Vancouver

May 1 2013

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The Vancouver Park Board, in collaboration with the City of Vancouver, the Stanley Park Ecology Society and Tourism Vancouver, is celebrating the inaugural Bird Week, May 4 – 11.

A number of bird-related walks, talks, and displays are scheduled in parks throughout Vancouver during the week, hosted by experts in the field.

All of the events are free, and you do not need to register in advance.

Schedule of events

 

Date and time Event type Description
May 4, 10:30  am Bird Walk Guided bird walk in Stanley Park by Stanley Park Ecology Society staff
May 5,  1:30 pm Bird Walk Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon for a guided tour of the heron colony in Stanley Park
May 6, 7:00 pm Bird Talk George Clulow, a director of Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia, will give an introduction to birding and discuss common birds around town and in your garden at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, lower level  
May 8, 7:00 pm Bird Talk Dr. Eric Anderson, a Research Fellow of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation and an instructor at both the University of Washington and BC Institute of Technology, will talk about the Surf Scoter including recent findings and satellite tracking of their movements
May 11  World Migratory Bird Day Bird Walks The guided bird walks begin at various times in the morning in Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Hastings Park Sanctuary, Everett Crowley Park, Jericho Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden and Pacific Spirit Park
May 11, 7:00 pm Bird Talk Dr. Rob Butler, a BC program Scientist for Bird Studies Canada, President of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation and Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University, will delve into the clever minds of crows and the habits of the large flocks that now reside in Vancouver
 May 4 – 11 Bird Display Vancouver Public Library Central Branch concourse

 

Get complete event details

You can find more details on these and other bird-related events on the Stanley Park Ecology Society website:

About World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. WMBD was first proclaimed in Vancouver in 2011.

As part of the Pacific Flyway, Vancouver is a hotspot for migratory birds. Each year at least a billion birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway, which stretches from Alaska to Central and South America.

In fall, winter and spring, our shores are used by thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds, and in the summer, the breeding songbirds are diverse and plentiful. One of the best times to see birds around Vancouver is in the spring when the migrants begin to arrive and before the winter species depart.