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Birds of a feather are flocking together for annual Bird Week

May 4 2016

“Birds are visible markers of a healthy ecosystem and watching and listening to them helps reduce stress,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

Vancouver Bird Week - May 7-14, 2016

Look, linger and listen during Vancouver Bird Week, May 7 – 14.

Bird Week is a week-long series of events to celebrate Vancouver’s birds. It was inspired by World Migratory Bird Day, a United Nations-sponsored initiative that recognizes the importance of birds as key indicators of our environment’s health. 

Importance of birds

“Vancouver residents have embraced Bird Week since it was launched in 2013 and events fill up quickly,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “Birds are visible markers of a healthy ecosystem and watching and listening to them helps reduce stress.”

“Interest in Vancouver as a birding destination is growing among residents and international ornithologists who will flock here for the International Ornithological Congress in 2018,” said scientist, author, and film maker Rob Butler.  

Vancouver Bird Week is organized by a collaborative partnership of non-profits, artists, and other institutions, in partnership with the Park Board and City. 

Bird Week supports the:

Come out to a Bird Week event

The theme this year is "Birds in our Garden" and there are more events than ever before. 

There will be free bird-related:

  • Art workshops
  • Walks
  • Talks
  • Exhibitions
  • Lectures across Vancouver highlighting backyard birds and how to improve their living environment around us

Bird Week events

  • Hands-on with Birds, May 7 - 14
  • Garden Plants for Birds, May 7
  • VanDusen Bird Walk with Richard Wing, May 7
  • UBC Plant Sale, May 7
  • Dawn Chorus Walk, May 8
  • Mothers’ Day Bioblitz, May 8
  • Photographing Birds, May 8
  • Meet the Photographer-Bird Photography Exhibition, May 9
  • Owl Prowl, May 9
  • Create Graphic Stories Based on Back Yard Birds, May 10, 11 and 13
  • The Messenger (exclusive screening) with introduction by David Suzuki, May 11
  • Bird Taxidermy, May 12
  • Chinese Brush Painting, May 12
  • Bird Week Big Day (bird count), May 14
  • Bird Walks in Vancouver parks, May 14
  • Introduction to Bird Watching, May 14
  • Discovery Station: Birds of VanDusen, May 14
  • Build Your Own Nest Box, May 14
  • Drawing Birds: An Introduction, May 14
  • Sea Safari of Howe Sound, May 14
  • Bird Week Finale, May 14

Find out more about Bird Week events