THE CITY OF VANCOUVER WELCOMES THE IOCONGRESS2018!
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.
"It's really the best bird-finding guide I have ever seen and I look forward to using it in the field." - Chris Siddle, expert birder and birding tour leader with Avocet Tours, Vernon, British Columbia
"What an excellent book the Guide is. The format is just right - informative, clear and accurate maps, and the status tables brilliant. The Guide added great value to some of the excursions we made. Jericho Beach, White Rock, West Van, Burnaby Mountain, Barnet Marine Park, QE Park and West Dyke Trail were all places that we visited where the Guide proved very helpful. Congratulations to everyone linked to its publication. It's a must have for all birders visiting Vancouver and you can quote me on that!" - Malcolm Chattwood, Assistant Recorder, Argyll Bird Club, Argyll, Scotland
SEABIRD COLONIES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA: A CENTURY OF CHANGES
Michael Rodway, Wayne Campbell and Moira Lemon have just published the first of four volumes of an updated seabird catalogue for British Columbia.
Seabird Colonies of British Columbia: A Century of Changes recounts the history of seabird work in the province, summarizes populations, provides in-depth species accounts, and discusses threats and conservation measures.
The book is a volunteer effort by the Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies, Victoria, British Columbia. Purchase copies here.
VANDUSEN GARDEN WILL UNVEIL NEW DESTINATION FOR BIRD LOVERS March 1, 2018
Sometimes, it seems Vancouver is going to the birds. Literally.
In recent years, residents have gone caw-caw over elections for the official city bird, which is now Anna's hummingbird.
Vancouver Bird Week attracts a huge number of feathered-friend enthusiasts to a multitude of events.
And today, a home for the birds, a.k.a. the Backyard Bird Garden, will open at VanDusen Botanical Garden (5551 Oak Street).
According to the Vancouver park board, the garden "supports the Vancouver Bird Strategy and Park Board’s Biodiversity Strategy by demonstrating how we can create habitat for birds with the right selection of plants to provide food, shelter and nesting opportunities".
VANDUSEN GARDEN GOING TO THE BIRDS WITH NEW GARDEN SPACE March 1, 2018
National Geographic is calling 2018 the Year of the Bird, and Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden has their celebration ready to take flight. A Backyard Bird Garden, a special bird-friendly habitat for resident and migratory birds, is being unveiled March 1.
The new garden supports the Vancouver Bird Strategy and Park Board’s Biodiversity Strategy by demonstrating how we can create habitat for birds with the right selection of plants to provide food, shelter and nesting opportunities, according to VanDusen.
While a special event on March 1 will officially open the space–and include a visit from Vancouver’s Official City Bird, the Anna’s Hummingbird–there is much more to come in this Year of the Bird for bird and garden lovers.
CALLING ALL BIRDS AND FEATHERED FRIENDS! JOIN THE BIRDS ON PARADE ON AUGUST 20, 2018 February 19, 2018
Birds on Parade celebrates our winged relatives, from songbirds to birds of prey, waterfowl to shorebirds in BC and beyond. “Birds on Parade” is a collaboration of four community-engaged artists, with additional artists, dancers, singers, stiltwalkers, and bird lovers from all walks of life.
Birds on Parade will culminate in a grand parade, a great murmuration if you will, of flocks of birds on stilts and hand held bird puppets. The parade will open the Vancouver International Bird Festival and the International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver, BC, on August 20, 2018. The parade will start at Coal Harbour Community Centre, fly along the seawall and end up at Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
There will be workshops and events all throughout the spring and summer season leading up to IOCongress2018, so don't miss out!
Check out the website for more information on how to participate.
PACIFIC WILDLIFE FOUNDATION: 2018 INTERNATIONAL BIRD PHOTO CONTEST February 13, 2018
In honour of the IOCongress2018 and in support of bird conservation, the PWF international photo contest is open to adults 18 years or older. Entries from around the globe are welcome! Submit your best photos for a chance to win a Nikon digital camera plus $500 CAD!
The entry fee is $25.00 CAD per photo, with a limit of three photos per person. Entries plus payment must be received before June 1st, 2018.
Check out the Pacific Wildlife Foundation website for eligibility, submission guidelines, and judging information.
HIPSTER TREND ALERT: BIRDING IN VANCOUVER January 29, 2018 | Inside Vancouver / Tourism Vancouver
What was once a hobby reserved for middle-aged Tilley hat enthusiasts, birding is the latest hipster trend sweeping the continent. Millennials are leaving their avocado toast behind and heading to major birdwatching destinations to catch a glimpse (and post a ‘gram) of their favourite feathered friends.
British Columbia has 573 species of birds, many of which can be found in and around Vancouver. From the North Shore mountains to the Fraser River delta, the Greater Vancouver region has a variety of wooded and wetland habitats that support hundreds of resident and migratory bird populations.
So grab your beanie and binoculars, khaki attire optional, and check out these birding hot spots around Vancouver...
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES 2018 AS THE YEAR OF THE BIRD January 5, 2018 | National Geographic
National Geographic, National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International, and more than 100 organizations join forces for 12 months of storytelling and science to examine how our changing environment is impacting birds around the globe.
The campaign includes simple but meaningful actions that anyone can take for a healthy planet filled with the beauty of birds.
AN EVENING OF MUSIC, BIRDS, AND ART, OCTOBER 21 AT BLUESHORE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS October 16, 2017
Join AFC and friends for a preview presentation of the 2017 Artsits for Conservation exhibit, with live birds of prey and a special live musical performances by violist Thomas Beckman and the AVIA Trio.
Featuring a special talk by Dr. Rob Butler – ornithologist/artist/author, and co-convenor of the 27th International Ornithological Congress (IOCongress2018) – the world's oldest and most important global events dedicated to bird studies. AFC is the Congress' lead Partner for the Visual Arts and will be partnering it's 2018 Festival in conjunction with the late August event. The flagship event of the International Ornithologists Union, the Congress is considered the oldest and most prestigious of meetings for bird scientists. The Congress occurs every four years since first being held in Vienna, Austria, in 1884. Vancouver will be the first time the Congress has been on the Pacific Coast of the Americas.
Get a sneak peek AFC's Silent Skies mural - a 100-foot-long super-mural being created as the centerpiece of the Congress and AFC Festival. “Silent Skies” is an international collaborative super-mural mosaic featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world.
October 21, 2017 | 7-10pm | Capilano University at Blueshore Center for Performing Arts
86 MILLION AMERICANS WATCHED WILDLIFE IN 2016, A 20% JUMP FROM 2011 September 8, 2017
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced a new report this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that shows that 101.6 million Americans — 40 percent of the U.S. population 16 years old and older — participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife-watching.
ONE YEAR COUNTDOWN TO IOCONGRESS2018 VANCOUVER! August 18, 2017
August 19th 2017 marks the one year countdown to the 27th International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver in 2018. Considered the oldest and most prestigious of meetings for bird scientists, the IOCongress2018 brings together ornithologists from all over the world to share research and conservation accomplishments and concerns. In honor of the occasion, the City of Vancouver’s annual Bird Week festivities will coincide with the Congress, showcasing Vancouver to the world as a green, bird-friendly city.
BOU TO INVITE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AND CALL FOR CONTRIBUTED PAPERS FOR SPECIAL IOCONGRESS2018 SYMPOSIUM July 7, 2017
David Douglas (RSPB), the BOU program coordinator will be inviting keynote speakers and putting out a call for contributed papers for a special BOU symposium on Monday 20 August, 2018, prior to the opening of the formal IOCongress2018 science program.
VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BRASS QUINTET: COMMISSIONED PIECE July 10, 2017 | IOCongress2018
Specially commissioned by IOCongress2018 and Vancouver International Bird Festival (VIBF), titled "The Gathering Flock", composed by Frederick Schipizky (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) and played by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. The first performance was at the Vancouver Library during the VIBF announcement in May 2017 to great public acclaim.
The piece will open the International Ornithological Congress and the Vancouver International Bird Festival at the Vancouver Convention Centre in August, 2018.
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 >>
BRITISH COLUMBIA FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS, BIRDING WITH A PURPOSE - BCFO YOUNG BIRDER PROGRAM 2016 AWARDS March 12, 2016 | BCFO
"BCFO proudly presents this year's recipients of the BCFO Young Birder Program Awards and welcomes these talented young birders into the BC birding community. Winning the award recognizes their accomplishments, contributions, and engagement with birds and birding in the province."
13-YEAR-OLD BIRD WATER LOOKS OUT FOR HIS FEATHERY FRIENDS March 26, 2017 | CBC News
"Liam Singh hopes to raise awareness for declining bird populations through his photography work. When most people walk into a park on a bright sunny day, the sound of birds chirping might seem like faint background noise. But when Liam Singh goes for a walk near Swan Lake in Saanich, B.C., he'll listen for the courtship calls of the flicker, the mating drum of the woodpecker, or the strange song of the marsh wren."
We will be welcoming Liam into IOCongress2018 and the Vancouver International Bird Festival
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 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 >>
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 >>