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

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Looking for a film fest, art event, market, live music, or a motorcycle championship this Friday to Sunday?  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

 

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Celebrate an amazing Friday through Sunday with art crawls, film festivals, beautiful music, first of the season farmers markets, and more.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Birders of a Feather Flock together for Vancouver Bird Week May 4-11

Stellers Jay. Photo credit: Chris Dale/Bird Studies Canada

Stellers Jay. Photo credit: Chris Dale/Bird Studies Canada

Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black – stars of the British Columbia/Yukon-filmed comedy The Big Year – introduced me to the world of bird watching.  In the comedy, Wilson, Martin and Black’s characters travel across North America to see or hear the most bird species in a calendar year during the American Birdwatching Association’s annual “Big Year” contest.

The next day my partner and I played our own version of a ‘Big Morning’, trying to spot as many birds as we could on sunrise walk through Vancouver’s West End. We spotted seven different bird species including gulls, herons, widgeons and mallards. Suddenly we were hooked. The allure of walking around with binoculars to differentiate grebes from cormorants was no longer an activity reserved for our parents or our scientist friends.

It turns out birding, bird watching or ‘twitching’ as it’s called in the United Kingdom, is a pretty popular activity: according to 2006 survey done by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service there are about 48 million birdwatchers in the United States. In Canada, more than 550,000 Canadian adults take part in birdwatching activities annually according to a 2006 study on wildlife viewing activities.
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Birders of a Feather Flock together for Vancouver Bird Week May 4-11