The Vancouver Bird Checklist area includes Metro Vancouver and Vicinity from the International Boundary (but including Point Roberts, Washington) North to 49° 35' N (including Furry Creek) West to the middle of the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound (including Bowen Island) East to 122° 33' W (Bradner Road or 288th St.) in (Abbotsford and Maple Ridge), but including all of Golden Ears Provincial Park.
2013 Vancouver Area Checklist (right click and save or click to open)
The Google map of the Vancouver Bird Checklist area has the descriptions of various birding spots in and around Metro Vancouver Area. Please click on a location see the description of the area and directions on how to get there. Or click on the link at the bottom of the map to enlarge it and to see the list and descriptions of all the locations.
Important Birding Spots in Metro
Updated 19 October 2009
The information below was summarized by Eric Greenwood and Wayne Weber from The Birder's Guide to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, published in 2001 by the Vancouver Natural History Society and Whitecap Books. Full directions to each location, descriptions of bird watching sites and details of the bird species to be found are contained in the book, which is currently out of print, but is in the process of revision.
A much briefer, but still very useful, account of birding locations around
We recommend the use of a detailed street map of
NOTICE TO BIRDERS from the IONA ISLAND WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
Iona Sewage Lagoons – Richmond
Closure: Saturday July 5 through mid- September, 2014
Access Will Be Closed to the public from Saturday July 5 through to Mid Sept, 2014, between 7am and 5pm (weekends included). After 5:00pm access will be allowed into the evenings. There will be days through this closure where public access may be permitted, but there is no schedule for these open days. The natural ponds immediately west of the Sludge Storage Lagoons are not affected.
In order to clean out our South East Sludge Storage Lagoon, the contract hauler must utilize ALL of the outer perimeter lagoon roads. The tandem dump trucks will be making continuous trips through each day they work. I have deemed this condition to be too unsafe to allow simultaneous public access during these times, therefore the entire Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge Storage Lagoon area will be closed to the public during this time. Access to the Sludge Storage Lagoon area will be physically prevented by chain-locking the 2 "Birders Gates" closed during these hours/days (specifically the main birder's gate at the SE corner, and the west birder's gate at the far west side of the lagoons). The contractor will post a sign at each of these gate locations warning of the work and closures.
Any unauthorized visitors caught in the Sludge Storage Lagoon area in these dates/ times will be asked to leave immediately. Anyone caught re-entering the site after being asked to leave will be considered trespassing.
Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant
(4) Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver: From downtown
(10) Cypress Provincial Park, West Vancouver: From downtown Vancouver cross the Lions Gate Bridge, take the West Vancouver exit on to Marine Drive, cross the Capilano River and turn right on Taylor Way. Head north and take Highway 1 (the Upper Levels Highway) west to the
(11) Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Vicinity, Delta: From Highway 99 in Delta, follow signs to Ladner, then from the centre of Ladner, take 47A Street to the west, which becomes River Road. Follow River Road west for 2.9 km, turn right to cross the Westham Island bridge and follow Westham Island road for 4.8 km. Turn left at the gates to the refuge entrance. This is probably the single best birding area around
(12) Roberts Bank, Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Brunswick Point, Delta: From Highway 99, follow signs to Highway 17 and Tsawwassen. The ferry terminal is at the south end of Highway 17. All parking is pay parking, except for a small lot for about 6 vehicles about ¾ of the way out on the north side of the road. For Roberts Bank, exit from Highway 17 at
(13) Point Roberts (
(16) Serpentine Fen,
(17) Blackie Spit (
(18) Iona and Sea Islands,
(20) Burns Bog area, Delta: Although renowned for its unique bog ecosystem and rare plants, Burns Bog is of only moderate interest to birders. The only section of the bog itself currently accessible to the public is the Delta Nature Reserve. Boardwalks through the bog can be reached from the main entrance on the north side of the Great Pacific Forum (a winter sports complex) located at 10388 Nordel Court, off Highway 91 near the south end of the Alex Fraser Bridge. Birds of the Nature Reserve in summer include Common Yellowthroat, Marsh Wren and a few swallows in more open areas, and typical forest birds in the wooded areas. The Greater Vancouver Landfill (off limits to birders) is located in the SW corner of Burns Bog, on 72nd Street just north of Highway 99, and from September to April is a feeding ground for many thousands of gulls and hundreds of Northwestern Crows and Bald Eagles. However, large resting flocks of gulls can be scanned in the fields near the landfill, west at least to
(26) Minnekhada Regional Park and Pitt-Addington Marsh, Coquitlam: From the junction of Barnet Highway and Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, take Lougheed Highway east for 3.5 km and turn north onto Coast Meridian Road. After 2.5 km turn right on
(27) Pitt Wildlife Management Area and Vicinity, Pitt Meadows: From the junction of
(31) B.C. Ferry Routes: For birders travelling to
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