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Celebrate birds during Vancouver Bird Week 2014

April 25 2014

Bird Week 2014 - May 3-10

From bird nerd to bird curious, from wise old owl to adventurous tot, there is an activity for everyone during the second annual Vancouver Bird Week.

Bird Week will be celebrated May 3 to 10.

All events are free, except the bird taxidermy workshop, and some require registration.

View the schedule of events

There will also be art exhibitions during the week at Hillcrest Centre and the Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre.

Bird Week 2014 partners

The celebration is a collaboration of the Vancouver Park Board, City of Vancouver, Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES), Tourism Vancouver, Bird Studies Canada, Pacific WildLife Foundation, BC Nature, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver School Board, and Environment Canada – Canadian Wildlife Service.

Why the City celebrates Bird Week

Bird Week was inspired by World Migratory Bird Day, a United Nations initiative that began in 2006 as an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for protection of migratory birds and their habitats. World Migratory Bird Day was first proclaimed in Vancouver in 2011.

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

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