Meet the candidates for City Bird 2016

The 2015 election candidates are rare birds. They were chosen to raise awareness about endangered species that were once common in Vancouver.

Barn Owl

There’s something mysterious about this bird. One of the most beautiful of its kind, with large eyes for night vision and a nocturnal lifestyle, the Barn Owl keeps to itself like other owls. It has a silent wing beat, so that its prey does not hear it coming. A denizen of grassy meadows, where it catches rats and voles, the Barn Owl roosts during the day in hollow trees and vacated buildings.

Watch and learn more about the Barn Owl

Learn more about the Barn Owl

Barn Swallow

With a forked tail, the Barn Swallow is quite a dapper little bird. Perky and very chatty, it keeps up its busy schedule on a diet of insects. The Barn Swallows arrive here in April to build signature mud cup-shaped nests on rafters or walls of buildings. They readily take to open buildings occupied by humans.

Watch the Barn Swallow

Learn more about the Barn Swallow

Peregrine Falcon

Prepare to be amazed. The Peregrine Falcon is the avian equivalent to the stealth bomber. With incredible eyesight, it appears out of nowhere in a blinding flash to snatch unsuspecting birds from the ground or in short aerial pursuits. The dive is one of nature’s great spectacles. Few animals escape its attention, and it strikes fear into the minds of many.

Watch the falcon dive

Learn more about the Peregrine Falcon

Western Grebe

An elegant creature with a long neck, the Grebe moves gracefully along the water surface and submerges on long dives. Grebes feed at night and raft up in large flocks during the day. During courtship, pairs will rise up on their feet and scurry off across the water in a highly memorable choreographed dance.

Watch the Western Grebe dancing on water

Learn more about the Western Grebe

Hear bird experts defend their favourite candidate

Vancouver bird experts explained their top choice for City Bird on April 24 in the City Hall Council Chamber. Have a listen:

  1. Barn Owl presentation by Sofi Hindmarch, independent biological consultant
  2. Barn Swallow presentation by David Bradley, British Columbia program manager, Bird Studies Canada
  3. Peregrine Falcon presentation by Robyn Worcester, contracted biologist, Stanley Park Ecology Society
  4. Western Grebe presentation by Dr. Rob Butler, adjunct professor, Bird Studies Canada, Pacific Wildlife Research Centre
  5. Question-and-answer lightning round, and final arguments
 Councillor names noted in the videos are system defaults. The speakers are biologists representing their bird candidates, not Council members.

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