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.

Fox Sparrow Photo Credit: Best Places to Bird in BC

Reluctant to consider yourself a birder? No worries! Consider registering for Rise of the Hipster Birdwatcher or enjoy a Birding by Kayak tour of the bustling Burrard Inlet. Before you know it, bird songs will be at the top of your playlist. After all, Vancouver is considered to be one of Canada’s birding hotspots.

Western Sandpiper & Dunlin Photo Credit: Best Places to Bird in BC

Just in time for Bird Week, two of Canada’s veteran expert birders, Russell Cannings and Richard Cannings have released their newest guidebook entitled Best Places to Bird in British Columbia.  Packed with insider birding knowledge this comprehensive guide provides insights on BC’s Top 30.  Vancouverites will be excited to learn our fabulous City boasts four of the best birding areas in the Province.

Tufted Duck Photo Credit: Best Places to Bird in BC

Grab your binoculars, camera and set your sights on:

Iona Island, Richmond – Considered by some to be a mecca for migratory birds, Iona Beach Regional Park sits in the path of the Pacific Flyway and offers much for both beginner and experienced birder alike.

Reifel Refuge, Delta – Located west of Ladner, the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary or Reifel Refuge as it is known to many, is 300 incredible hectares of marsh, ponds, and pathways. Perfect for birds, birders, families and nature photographers. Visit their website for directions, hours of operation and parking information.

West Field, Reifel Refuge Photo Credit: Best Places to Bird in BC

Boundary Bay, Delta – Rich mudflats and intertidal habitat attract numerous bird species. From migratory shorebirds to diving ducks and Raptors, an exploration of Boundary Bay comes highly recommended. From Mud Bay Park in South Surrey to Boundary Bay Regional Park in Tsawwassen, the area is easily accessible via the Boundary Bay Dyke Trail. (also a terrific cycling route!) 

Maplewood Flats, North Vancouver – This wonderful natural area and year-round birding hotspot is found along Burrard Inlet near the base of the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge. Home to over 230 species of birds, it is a North Shore Gem.  The Maplewood Conservation Area is located approximately two kilometers east of the Second Narrows Bridge and can be accessed via the Dollarton Hwy.

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