FOUR SPECIES IN RUNNING TO BECOME VANCOUVER'S OFFICIAL BIRD IN ADVANCE OF MAJOR CONGRESS May 1, 2017 | Vancouver Sun
No pressure: One of four species will soon be selected by the public to become the City of Vancouver’s official permanent bird and avian ambassador to what may be the world’s largest gathering of birders.
The final list of candidates for the job include: Anna’s hummingbird, varied thrush, spotted towhee, and northern flicker — all west coast birds that are thought in some way to encapsulate the spirit of Vancouver. City residents can vote online for their favourite by May 14.
VANCOUVER'S OFFICIAL CITY BIRD WILL BE CHOSEN BY THE PUBLIC April 26, 2017 | Georgia Straight
On Thursday (April 27), the City of Vancouver will announce four candidates in a competition to determine which avian species will become its feathered representative. The “city bird” will be elected online in advance of Vancouver Bird Week, which takes place from May 6 to 13. Read More >>
BIRDS CAN BOOST TOURISM IN VANCOUVER, EXPERT SAYS April 22, 2017 | CBC NEWS
Vancouver's bird strategy is designed to help the city achieve its goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020, but one expert says one other advantage to being a bird's paradise is a boost in tourism. Read More>>
MY VANCOUVER: AN EVER-UNFOLDING STORY April 1, 2017 | NY Times
Vancouver has what you might call an improvisational air. The city makes itself up as it goes along because we are all really complete newbies here, excepting, of course the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples on whose unceded territory the whole Vancouver project has been and continues to be built." Read More >>
SPRING MIGRATION HAS BIRDERS' HEARTS AFLUTTER March 16, 2017 | Vancouver Courier
"In the spring, a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love but when it comes to birds, it's all about Darwin's survival of the species. Migrating birds are returning to Vancouver. They're not only looking for mates but also getting ready to settle down for the nesting season." Read More >>
BEST PLACE TO BIRD IN BRITISH COLUMBIA by Russell Cannings & Richard Cannings
From the acclaimed Russell and Richard Cannings, Best Places to Bird in British Columbia is an indispensable guide to the top birding sites BC has to offer. In it, the two expert birders reveal their 30 favourite places to see local birds in Canada’s westernmost province. With more than 30 colour photographs, exclusive lists of “specialty birds,” and a healthy dose of personal anecdote, this unique, user-friendly guidebook will delight experienced and novice birders alike.
BIRDFINDING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA by Russell Cannings & Richard Cannings
Veteran naturalist and birdfinder Richard Cannings and his son, Russell Cannings, a gifted birder in his own right, use their combined knowledge and expertise to guide readers to the best birding sites in the province. Packed with descriptions of the natural history, ecosystems, and diverse landscapes of British Columbia and accompanied by numerous maps, this thorough guide is enhanced by Donald Gunn's charming line drawings and the authors' infectious enthusiasm, making it a must-have for novice and expert birders alike.
BC LEGISLATURE | QUESTION PERIOD - VICTORIA Wednesday February 15, 2017
Rob Butler and Bob Elner were invited guests of the Hon. Suzanne Anton Q.C., Attorney General and Minister of Justice, at the BC Legislature in Victoria for Question Period. The Minister announced the coming of the IOCongress2018 and the Vancouver International Bird Festival to the Members of the Legislative Assembly:
Transcript: "Hon. S. Anton: I hope that everybody who is a birder or who has a friend who is a birder, which will be everybody in this House, will be pleased to welcome today my guests, two distinguished international scientists.
The first is my constituent from Vancouver-Fraserview, Dr. Robert Elner, who is the convener of the 27th annual International Ornithological Congress, which will be held in Vancouver in August of 2018. He is here with his colleague Dr. Robert Butler, who is the founder of the first Vancouver International Bird Festival being held in Vancouver next year.
The world congress is the most prestigious and largest meeting of avian scientists which takes place in the world. It only happens every four years. This is only the second time in Canada and only the first time on the west coast of North America. So I think everyone will be most interested in this event.
His colleague Dr. Butler is running the Vancouver Bird Festival, which is an ambitious festival with numerous events in and around the convention centre, showcasing bird science, art, stories, music, innovation and all things that birders love — speakers, artists, expo photographs, etc. I hope the House — everyone — will partake of this event, which is in August of next year and welcome Drs. Elner and Butler to the House."
RETIRED NEW WESTMINSTER ORNITHOLOGIST CALLING ON CITY TO ADOPT BIRD STRATEGY February 6, 2017 - New Westminster Record
"Retired ornithologist Rob Butler doesn't see New Westminster quite like the rest of us. While other people eating lunch at the Quay might notice a bunch of birds flying away... he will spot the flash of a peregrine falcon in the mix picking off a pigeon for its own meal. Peregrines feed heavily on pigeons, Butler says, and after a lifetime of studying and observing birds, his eyes and ears are finely tuned to pick out these things."
DESIGN FORMATION STUDENTS HELPING VANCOUVER UNDERSTAND "BIRDS IN THE 604"
Students from Langara's Design Formation program recently partnered with Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to launch the "Birds in the 504" exhibition. The exhibition designed by second-year Design Formation Program students illustrates the central themes of Vancouver Bird Strategy... The exhibition will be on display in the design formation studios at Langara College until December 20th. The exhibition will be available to the public as part of Bird Week in May 2017."
"Chants d'oiseaux du Canada" by John Neville 4CD set wav file from CD #1 track 56 | also www.nevillerecording.com or iTunes
Composed by Diane Berry, nature sounds by John Neville, MP3 file, Alto Flute Mark McGregor, performed Victoria, BC, November, 2015
SLIME, SHOREBIRDS, AND A SCIENTIFIC MYSTERY
"Could the survival of millions of migrating shorebirds depend on the preservation of humble marine biofilm? As the tide pulls out over British Columbia's Roberts Bank on an early October morning, it pools amid the hummocks, follows intertidal runnels seaward, and leaves a silvery-green sheen on the exposed mudflats where Canadian researchers Bob Elner walks. Thousands of southbound snow geese, propelled skyward by a hawk's approach, move in ever-shifting murmurations to Elner's right."
THE BIRDER'S GUIDE TO VANCOUVER AND THE LOWER MAINLAND - 2016 EDITION
Nature Vancouver offers the only guide of its kind that focuses exclusively on popular birding locations in the Metro Vancouver area. Includes very informative, updated text about species occurrence and abundance, as well as a completely new set of high-quality, detailed color maps and bird and location photos. Valuable for both new local birders and experienced birders visiting from other countries or areas of Canada. Will be available on-site at the Congress from Nature Vancouver for $25 (no tax). Also now available online including these sources:
"The City and Park Board (@ParkBoard) of Vancouver are looking for a permanent City Bird to represent Vancouver and its people. We need your help - and your words - to find the City Bird #VanCityBird! The Vancouver Park Board is collecting words that would help describe characteristics of the city and its people if they were a bird." Read More >>
DICK CANNINGS: BIRDS AND BOOKS
"Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest" Read More >>
ARTISTS FOR CONSERVATION
"AFC Announces Partnership with International Ornithological Congress 2018" Read More >>
IOCONGRESS2018 NEWS ARTICLES
BACKYARD BIRD COUNT SHOWS B.C. HAS MOST DIVERSITY IN CANADA March 6, 2017
"B.C. boasts Canada's greatest diversity of wintering birds, especially in the southwest of the province, according to a citizen-science survey conducted in backyards. A total of 2,227 British Columbians participated in the annual..." Read More >>
TOURISM VANCOUVER KEY TO CITY'S CONFERENCE SUCCESS February 9, 2016
"When the 27th International Ornithological Congress arrives in Vancouver in 2018, not only will it draw tens of thousands of delegate..." Read More >>
DELTA OPTIMIST February 5, 2016
"Delta agrees to develop bird strategy. Spurred by Delta Naturalists Society, initiative will identify, protect and enhance biodiversity." Read More >>
THE GLOBE AND MAIL January 25, 2015
"Vancouver's bird values helped ornithological congress bid take flight" Read More >>
THE VANCOUVER SUN January 15, 2015
"Bird scientists in Vancouver aim to reach out to amateurs" When the 27th International Ornithologists' Congress is held in Vancouver in 2018 it will feature public events for the first time Read More >>