How to See Nesting Great Blue Herons in Vancouver

Herons nest in Stanley Park in Vancouver

Herons nesting in Stanley Park. Photo: Frank Lin/City of Vancouver

Vancouver is so immersed in nature that you can see wildlife in the downtown core. Each spring, a colony of Great Blue Herons builds nearly 100 nests on the edge of Stanley Park. You can visit in person, take a tour with a volunteer naturalist, or tune in via webcam to catch the action.

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How to See Nesting Great Blue Herons in Vancouver

Find a Birding Spot Near Vancouver on the BC Bird Trail

Northern Flicker woodpecker

Northern Flicker Woodpecker. Photo Scottslm on Pixabay.

Did you know that British Columbia is on the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migration route for birds flying between Alaska and Patagonia? That means that the Vancouver area is a great spot to go birding! The BC Bird Trail is a new initiative designed to help you find the best places to bird watch across BC. To get you started, here are a few BC Bird Trail locations near Vancouver.

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Find a Birding Spot Near Vancouver on the BC Bird Trail

Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds

Photo: Flickr Kerok Pics

Here’s an event Vancouver’s bird-loving Mom’s will be tweeting about! Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 12 and set flight for Boundary Bay Regional Park to celebrate both Mom and International Migratory Bird Day. Presented by the Boundary Bay Park Association, this afternoon of family fun features interactive displays, birding walks, not to mention tea and cookies.

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Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds

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

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