Vancouver

Bird Week 2017

  • May 6, 2017 - May 13, 2017
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: various locations - see event details

Saturday, May 6 - Saturday, May 13, 2017

Vancouver comes alive with birds during Bird Week May 6 to 13, 2017. This year marks a special celebration when the City of Vancouver will hold a vote for its official city bird. The week long celebration will also showcase birds at workshops, tours by boat and land, exhibitions, and much more in and around Vancouver. If you are a beginner or advanced birdwatcher, or you just like birds and nature, then mark Bird Week in your calendar.

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Bird Week Activities

May 6

Beginner Birding
9:30am-11:30am
Stanley Park Ecology Scoiety at Stanley Park Pavillion, Salmonberry Room, Vancouver
Join local bird experts Al Grass and Adrian Grant-Duff for a presentation followed by a walk at Lost Lagoon. Learn to identify local birds by sight and sound. Free and All ages welcome.
This event is offered by Nature Vancouver 

Nest Box Building
1:00pm-3:30pm
Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon, Roof Deck, Vancouver
Do you often hear ""cheese-burger"" in your backyard? You either hold frequent barbecues or are popular with chickadees! Join us to build a chickadee cedar nest box while learning about this charismatic species and how your nest box can provide a safe habitat. We will work under a (hopefully) sunny sky above the Stanley Park Nature House.Registration is by box kit, so pairs or families can register under a single name to share a box. Only 15 kits available!
This event is offered by Sanley Park Ecology Society. To Register please visit stanleyparkecology.ca

May 7

Wild Research Pelagic Trip
All Day Event
Ucluelet, BC
WildResearch's Pelagic Trip takes us from Ucluelet, BC aboard the MV Frances Barkley on a seven hour voyage to La Perouse Bank in search of pelagic birds. The trip is a fundraiser for WildResearch's programs. The spaces on WildResearch's May 7th, 2017 pelagic trip are available to current members of WildResearch at a cost of $225 before 31st March and $275 thereafter. You must be a current WildResearch member at the time of the pelagic trip in order to participate on the trip. If you are not currently a member of WildResearch you may purchase an annual membership for $25 (students) or $30 (general/non-student), or $500 (lifetime). All dollar amounts are in CAD.
More information: http://wildresearch.ca/news/pelagic-trip/ 
This event is offered by Wild Research

Birding by Ear
9:30am-11:30am
Aberthau Community Centre, Vancouver
If you are a burgeoning birder and want to learn to identify birds by ear, then this interactive workshop is for you. Biologist and bird nerd, Robyn Worcester, will provide an indoor introduction to the art and science of bird song at Aberthau Community Centre. After you are supplied with the skills and resources you'll need, we'll head for a walk outside to listen for birds.
This event is offered by West Point Grey Community Centre 

Bird Habitat Search Challenge
10:00am-12:00pm
Jericho Beach Park (Start at Bridge over Duck Pond), Vancouver
Have you ever wondered how birds choose where to build their home? Join NatureKids BC and the Jericho Stewardship Group Society to look for clues to find just the right habitat for 8 different birds. Meet us by the bridge at the duck pond at Jericho Beach Park between 10:00-12:00 to receive your map & clues and start your exploration!
This event is offered by Nature Kids BC

Bird Safari
9:30am-12:00pm
Sewell's Marina, West Vancouver
Join us for this special Bird Week Sea Safari starting in Horseshoe Bay and traveling on a two hour tour through Howe Sound. With bird expert Rob Butler (President of the Pacific Wildlife Foundation) this is going to be an opportunity not to miss.
You must register online for this event! To register please click here: https://sewellsmarina.zaui.net/modules/webBooking/index.php?action=Details&id=2506
This event is offered by Sewells Marina 

Ethno-ornithology is way cool because
1:00pm-2:00pm
UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver
Come explore the intersection between bird feather identification and anthropology artifacts.This field of inquiry, ethno-ornithology, combines avian identification, avian forensics, cosmology, cultural practices, land conservation, and the 'Rights of Nature' Ecuadorian constitutional amendment. UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum's Assistant Curator of Tetrapods, Ildiko Szabo, assisted UBC Museum of Anthropology curators with 'Amazonia: The Rights of Nature' Exhibit (March 9, 2017 – January 28, 2018). Discover how sleuthing bird identifications helps confirm, or can lead to discovering, the cultural origin of stunningly beautiful feathered artifacts.Included with museum admission or membership.
For more information please visit: http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/events/event/ethno-ornithology-is-way-cool-because/
This event is offered by UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum 

May 8

Bird Banding Demonstration
8:00am-10:00am
Parking Lot at Iona Beach Park (by the washrooms), Richmond
WildResearch will be hosting a bird banding demonstration event at the Iona Beach Regional Park, where visitors can first-handedly witness how a banding station operates, including net-extraction, banding, species ID, deciphering age and sex of birds, volunteer engagement, among many other things! Learn how WildResearch has been conducting this citizen science based research program since 2010, monitoring the population health of migratory and resident birds in the southwest coast of British Columbia. Please wear warm clothing, appropriate clothing for weather, binoculars, camera, waterproof shoes.
This event is offered by Wild Research

Crow Curiosity
7:00pm-9:00pm
Slocan Park Field House, Vancouver
A short, meandering ride to investigate and learn about crows. We'll also learn some bird language. Co-presented for Vancouver Bird Week by Still Moon Arts Society and HUB. Max 20 people. Please register, and if you register please come! so that you don't take a spot from someone who wants to be there. There are over 20,000 crows living in Vancouver, Burnaby and surrounding cities. Turns out crows thrive in the urban habitat we have created here, with their complex family structures, use of tools, and wise ways. Join us on this meandering ride where we'll investigate and learn about crows, check out their territories, visit the roost, and begin to understand what the birds are actually saying. If you have binoculars bring them along, but not necessary.
RedSara has been leading the Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride in Vancouver and Burnaby for 5 years.  She has studied and is tuned in to the mysteries of bird "language" and is a former Lead Instructor with Soaring Eagle Nature School.  She'll be joined here by HUB Burnaby Committee ride support. Birds, bikes, the feeling of flying through the air: what a wonderful world!  See you there.

Start location Slocan Park Field House (near 22nd Ave Skytrain) in Vancouver. End location Crow Roost (near Gilmore Skytrain) in Burnaby.

Participants must register here: https://bikehub.ca/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=510

This event is offered by Still Moon and HUB 

Burrard Inlet Harbour Tour
12:45pm-15:15pm
The Port Dock on Waterfront Road, Vancouver
Join us for a waterbird's eye view of Burrard Inlet and learn about the birds that use the coastal habitats alongside port operations. Andrea MacLeod, birder and manager of the port authority's environmental programs team, will guide a birding boat tour of the inlet and talk about Port of Vancouver's operations and environmental programs. This is a great opportunity to learn about the birds that live in #myportcity.
Registration is limited and photo ID will be required. Please contact Andrea at 604-353-3866 to register.
This event is offered by Port of Vancouver 

May 9

Kayak Tour
6:00pm-8:30pm
Burrard Inlet
On this special Bird Week Nature Kayak Tour, join local biologist Robyn Worcester and Ecomarine Kayaks to get a 'water-birds eye view' on the birds that share English Bay with us. Departing from Jericho Beach, you will paddle the shoreline of the West Side. Explore the lives of resident nesting birds like eagles, herons, and cormorants and how they live in our busy harbour.
Participants must register here: http://ecomarine.adventureengine.com/portals/?&trip_id=5814?&agent_id=7395
This event is offerd by Ecomarine 

May 10

Bird on the Beach
6:00pm-8:00pm
Stanley Park Nature House, Lost Lagoon, Vancouver
To bird or not to bird? That is the question. But with all of Stanley Park's nine kilometers of shoreline and the sheer number of bird species that use it, thou must get thee to the beach!Join us on Bird Week for a guided walk along the Park's beaches to learn about what draws birds to this busy habitat. There will be no soliloquys on this tour, but there will be much ado about local shorebirds.
Participants must register here: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/event/bird-week-bird-beach/
This event is offerd by Stanley Park Ecology Society 

Port Moody Naturally
7:00pm
Inlet Theatre, Port Moody
Port Moody Naturally is a Double Feature this Spring!
Join us at the Inlet Theatre for two exciting topics:

Beautiful and Resilient Gardens – Naturally!
Expert gardener Dr. Linda Gilkeson will show you how to keep your garden beautiful, healthy and resilient – the natural way.

Tweets, Trees and Trails – Birds Along Shoreline Park
Bird expert Dr. Rob Butler provides an illustrated presentation on local shoreline birds in our shared Port Moody backyard.

Save the date, and don't miss these exciting talks – no registration required for this free seminar.

May 11

Bird Wing Taxidermy
6:00pm-8:00pm
Stanley Park Nature House, Lost Lagoon, Vancouver
Take a closer look at bird anatomy as you practice basic taxidermy techniques and help build SPES' specimen collection for educational programming. Specimens include a diversity of song birds and birds of prey.Open to ages 18+. Please register early to ensure that sufficient materials are prepared. We meet at the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion.
Participants must register here: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/event/bird-week-bird-wing-taxidermy/
This event is offered by Stanley Park Ecology Society 

May 12

Seawall Wonders
9:00am-11:00am
Stanely Park Nature House, Lost Lagoon, Vancouver
With its stunning viewscapes, the Seawall is a popular destination for Park visitors, but to birds visiting or living in the Park, it is a habitat that means so much more. Catch a sight of shorebirds foraging as you walk with a knowledgeable guide and gain a new perspective on the view along the Stanley Park Seawall.
Participants must register here: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/event/bird-week-seawall-wonders/
This event is offered by Stanley Park Ecology Society 

Ducks at Dusk
6:30pm-8:30pm
Stanley Park Nature House, Lost Lagoon, Vancouver
Spend a Friday evening with a walk to see the feathered fellows of Stanley Park preparing for nightfall. Join us on Bird Week for a social and educational evening that starts with a wine reception and ends with an eyeful of birds swimming in the sunset. Open to ages 19+ only.
Participants must register here: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/event/bird-week-ducks-at-dusk/
This event is offered by Stanley Park Ecology Society 

May 13

Kayak tour
9:30am-12:00pm
Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver
On this special Bird Week Nature Kayak Tour, join local biologist Robyn Worcester and Ecomarine Kayaks to get a 'water-birds eye view' on the birds that share English Bay with us. Departing from Jericho Beach, you will paddle the shoreline of the West Side. Explore the lives of resident nesting birds like eagles, herons, and cormorants and how they live in our busy harbour.
Participants must register here: https://www.ecomarine.com/tours/vancouver-nature-kayak-tour/
This event is offered by Ecomarine 

Bird Photography for Kids
10:00am-12:00pm
Stanley Park Pavillion, Vancouver
Children are instinctively inquisitive; of both nature itself and also of the wonderful new technologies that surround them every day. Photographing birds is the perfect activity to capture both of these fascinations. Please join us and get tips from a wildlife photographer on how to find some of Vancouver's most beautiful birds and how anyone can get beautiful shots of them. Even learn about some of the best places locally to photograph all kinds of birds, from Anna's Hummingbirds to Zebra Finches!
This event is offered by Nature Kids BC 

Bird Week Finale
7:30pm-9:30pm
Creekside Community Centre, Vancouver
Our final Bird Week event with special lecture from Dr. Rob Butler.The Spell of the Eagle: We are surrounded by birds that most of us take for granted. We even unfairly call them bird brains. But what do birds really know? Dr. Rob Butler has amused and entertained audiences about his studies of birds for over four decades. His illustrated talk will take you into the intimate lives of the crow, heron, eagle and surf scoter to see the world from their perspective. You will learn about the cleverness of crows, patience of herons, and cooperation of the surf scoter, all under the spell of the eagle.

Bird Walks in Vancouver Parks will be offered thoughout the week. For more information please visit: http://naturevancouver.ca/event/2017/05/08/month/all/all/1

For more information about Bird Week 2017, please visit http://www.vancouverbirdweek.ca

Bird Week 2017