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:

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Six Free Events to Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day this Saturday

Vancouver’s Dawn Chorus

The Birds, Artist, Myfanwy MacLeod Photo: Rob Weiss

Spring has sprung! Listen. Early mornings mean glorious sunrises and delightful songbirds, and for those inclined to get outdoors at the crack of dawn, a symphony of sound awaits. It’s true. Mother Nature regularly treats us to a melodic chorus as the songbirds announce the start of a new day.  It’s a soundtrack I adore. Of course, I am an early riser, often accused of being too perky, so grabbing my steaming cup of coffee and venturing outside to catch the first chirps and tweets is something I look forward to. Truth be told dawn is the optimum time to tune-in.

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Vancouver’s Dawn Chorus

Hipster Trend Alert: Birding in Vancouver

By Brianna Prasloski

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.

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Hipster Trend Alert: Birding in Vancouver

Moody Skies on the Shoreline Trail

Pier in Rocky Point Park, Port Moody Photo: Rob Weiss

No matter where I travel in the Greater Vancouver region, I continue to be amazed and delighted at our proximity to natural spaces. Recently, I jumped on the sky train and ventured out to the Shoreline Trail in Port Moody. To call this a hike would be misleading, but without question, it is a fabulous, gentle nature excursion. Extremely popular with the locals, the Shoreline Trail packs a lot of punch!

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Moody Skies on the Shoreline Trail

Birds in the 604 – Vancouver Bird Week

Sandhill Cranes Photo Credit: Best Places to Bird in BC

Not just tourists are flocking to Vancouver this spring! May 6 – 13, 2017 marks Vancouver Bird Week, a tremendous celebration of our fine, feathered friends. “From bird nerd to bird curious, from wise old owl to adventurous tot” the jam-packed program of events offers something for everyone. Join the flock and participate in workshops, lectures, walks, exhibitions and numerous free activities offered throughout the city.

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Birds in the 604 – Vancouver Bird Week

For the Birds – Rainy Day Walks at Maplewood Flats

Birding at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area Photo: Rob Weiss

Affectionately known by locals as Maplewood Flats, the Maplewood Conservation Area in North Vancouver is an ideal destination for a rainy day walk.  Managed by the Wild Bird Trust of BC, this wonderful natural area along Burrard Inlet near the base of the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, is home to over 230 species of birds and features 3km of easy walking trails to explore.

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For the Birds – Rainy Day Walks at Maplewood Flats

Dazzling Damsels – Richmond Nature Park

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Richmond Nature Park Photo: Rob Weiss

The intersection of Highway 99 and Westminster Highway in Richmond, seems an unlikely place to connect with nature! Jumbo Jets thunder overhead and the roar of traffic is difficult to ignore, yet as I wandered along the Richmond Nature Park trails I quickly found myself leaving the frantic pace of city life behind me.  I was immersed in nature and it felt fantastic!  Surprisingly, many long time residents are unaware that this fabulous 200-acre natural oasis exists on the edge of town.  Strolling along the trails, it didn’t take long to realize that I was exploring a peat bog.  Interested in learning about this unique habitat, I paid a visit to the Nature House.  Interactive displays, and games designed for the younger crowd, told the story of the raised peat bog habitat that historically covered a large portion of Lulu Island.  In fact, 10,000 years ago visitors to the Richmond Nature Park would have been swimming in the Strait of Georgia! Today, the landscape is evolving as Pine and Birch trees begin to transform the bog into forest.

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Dazzling Damsels – Richmond Nature Park