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Park Board and City launch City Bird 2016 election

April 15 2015

Election 2015 for City Bird 2016

Today we launched the second annual City Bird election, announcing the 2016 candidates at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

What is City Bird?

City Bird:

  • Raises awareness about the importance of birds in maintaining a healthy urban environment
  • Supports our biodiversity strategy, Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, and Bird Strategy, which includes guidelines on bird-friendly buildings

Learn more, meet the candidates, and vote

This year's candidates

Under the theme “rare birds,” the Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee selected this year’s candidates. The four candidates for City Bird 2016 are the:

  • Barn Owl
  • Barn Swallow
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Western Grebe

How to vote

You have until May 9 to vote for your favourite bird. You can vote:

  • Online 
  • In person at ballot boxes located at:
    • VanDusen Botanical Garden
    • Hillcrest Centre
    • Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
    • Vancouver Central Library
    • Stanley Park Ecology Society

Sucess of the City Bird competition

Last year’s award-winning City Bird election was a smash success with fierce competition. Each “candidate” campaigned with its own Twitter handle and cheeky tactics. Four thousand tweets (#VanCityBird) and 708,000 online votes later, we proclaimed the cute Black-capped Chickadee the winner.

In a post-election exit survey:

  • 88% of respondents could identify all City Bird candidates
  • 75% of respondents said they knew more about birds as a result of the campaign

Initiatives supporting City Bird

Bird Week: May 2 to 9

Presented by the Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee, Bird Week  celebrates everything bird from May 2 to 9 with:

  • Walks
  • Talks
  • Artist-led workshops
  • Education
  • Public engagement.

It begins with an opening exhibition and activities on April 16 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. The reception includes a walk and talk on bird hazards in urban areas.

Heron cam

In support of City Bird is our heron cam, which was installed to educate everyone about the Stanley Park's Pacific great blue herons. It is a remotely controlled wireless camera mounted near the Park Board offices.

Last weekend, viewers were delighted to see the first heron chicks in colony nests.

How we support birds in Vancouver

Black-capped Chickadee

Birds in our city

Birds are an excellent indicator of a healthy ecosystem—a link between people and local biodiversity.

Meet the City Bird 2016 candidates and vote