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City of Birds: Massive banner celebrating the birds of False Creek to be installed under Granville Bridge

May 10 2018

“Birds are a vital component of biodiversity in Vancouver. From feeding on insect pests and filling our neighbourhoods with their melodic songs, birds are also a barometer of the ecological health of our city” - Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon

Bird banner

With spring migration in full flight just ahead of World Migratory Bird Day on May 12, the Vancouver Park Board will be installing a huge bird banner today under the Granville Street bridge on the edge of False Creek. 

The Birds of False Creek banner illustrates native birds found in and around the waterway: Canada goose, Barrow's Goldeneye, Great Blue Heron, Horned Grebe, Northwestern Crow, Gulls, Cormorants, Bald eagle and Vancouver’s official City bird, Anna’s Hummingbird.

False Creek, as well as English Bay and Burrard Inlet, are designated as an Important Bird Area by Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada.

Banner celebrates importance of birds

The 17 metre long, 3 metre wide banner is a celebration of the beauty and ecological importance of birds, and will serve to welcome delegates and visitors to a major international ornithological conference in August. Designed by local designers at Banquet Design, it will be installed today on the south side of the north abutment of the Granville Street Bridge. It will be highly visible from Granville Island and from the water.
 
“Birds are a vital component of biodiversity in Vancouver. From feeding on insect pests and filling our neighbourhoods with their melodic songs, birds are also a barometer of the ecological health of our city” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon.
 
Migratory Bird Day education, awareness, and activities support the Park Board’s Biodiversity Strategy and Bird Strategy. The bird banner is one of many bird themed initiatives supported by the Park Board. These include a newly opened Backyard Bird Garden at VanDusen Botanical Garden and a live streaming Heron Cam to support conservation and education about the Pacific Blue Heron colony in Stanley Park. We have our first chicks in the heron nests this week!

Bird friendly building design

In recent years, the Board has worked with the City and partners on voluntary bird friendly building design guidelines to reduce injuries and death to birds from collisions with clear glass.

Windows at the Park Board’s head office were retrofitted to reduce bird collisions, and the front doors at City hall have been newly adorned with miniature golden Anna’s Hummingbirds.

Upcoming walking tours 

In celebration of the United Nations sponsored World Migratory Bird Day, free all-ages bird walking tours (rain or shine!) have been planned across Vancouver.

They are a fantastic opportunity to witness the annual songbird migration with expert bird guides.

There are six walks to choose from:

  • The Sanctuary in Hastings Park, 7 – 9 am or 9 – 11 am
  • Trout Lake, 8 – 10 am
  • Queen Elizabeth Park, 9 – 11 am
  • Musqueam Park, 9 – 11 am
  • Jericho Beach Park, 9 – 11 am
  • Stanley Park, 11am – 1 pm

More about Migratory Bird Day events

Migratory Bird Day events are organized in partnership between the Vancouver International Bird Festival, Bird Studies Canada, and Nature Canada in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board and City of Vancouver.

This August 19 to 26, 2018, Vancouver will host both the Vancouver International Bird Festival and 27th International Ornithological Congress during the largest gathering ever of amateur and experienced birders.