Six Free Events to Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day this Saturday

The Vancouver Bird Festival invites everyone of all ages to join Nature Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board for free bird walks (rain or shine!) across the city to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This is a fantastic opportunity to witness the annual songbird migration with expert bird guides. There are six bird walks to choose from:

The Sanctuary in Hastings Park / PNE
7:00am – 9:00am OR 9:00am – 11:00am
An easy walking tour of the sanctuary ponds to see warblers, flycatchers and other migrants at Meet on the west side of the Sanctuary at 7:00 am or 9:00 am. Washrooms and free parking available.
Leaders: Doug and Pat

Trout Lake
8:00am – 10:00am
A walk around the lake to find warblers, vireos, flycatchers and many other bird species. Meet in the South parking lot near the Centre at 8:00 am. Washrooms and free parking available.
Tour Guide: Istvan Orosi

Queen Elizabeth Park
9:00am – 11:00am
Come search for migrant warblers, flycatchers and more. Meet in the free parking lot above the tennis courts and beside the golf course at 9:00 am. Washrooms available.
Tour Guide: Neill Vanhinsberg

Musqueam Park
9:00am – 11:00am
A two hour walk through the woods to the Fraser River and into Southlands to look for birds. Meet at the corner of 41st Avenue and SW Marine Drive at 9:00 am.
Tour Guide: Anne Maki

Jericho Beach Park
9:00am – 11:00am
See migrating Wilson’s and Orange-crowned Warblers and many other species! Meet at 9:00 am at the West Entrance (Northwest Marine Drive at Discovery Street). Washrooms and free parking available.
Tour Guide: Adrian Grant-Duff

Stanley Park
11:00am – 1:0 pm
Meet at 11:00 am at the Stanley Park Heron Colony behind the Park Board offices at 2099 Beach Avenue. Suitable for all ages and levels of birding experience, the tour will begin by considering the challenges faced by this urban colony and then highlight the variety of bird species and habitats in the park.
Tour Guide: Dr. Rob Butler

For more information on the upcoming Vancouver Bird Festival and the International Ornithological Congress visit www.vanbirdfest.com and www.iocongress2018.com.

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