THE BIRDER'S GUIDE TO VANCOUVER AND THE LOWER MAINLAND (2016 edition) is now available!
Enjoy top quality colour photos, colour maps and informative text describing 33 birding locations.
The Birder's Guide had its offical book launch at the Vancouver Public Library on May 14th, as part of Vancouver Bird Week.
The next Nature Vancouver events where the Birder's Guide will be available are:
* Richmond Nature Park on Saturday, June 4th, 10AM-4PM
* Terra Nova Natural Area (northwest Richmond), Sunday, June 5th, 10AM-4PM
The price is $25 (no tax) by cash or cheque (payable to Nature Vancouver - Birder's Guide).
Also available at many stores, inlcuding Wild Birds Unlimited, Backyard Bird Centre and Chapters, at retail prices.
VANCOUVER BIRD WEEK – May 7th to 14th, 2016. This is an annual City of Vancouver week-long series of events that celebrate Vancouver’s birds. The theme this year is Gardening for Birds. There will be bird-related art workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions, and lectures across Vancouver, that highlight backyard birds and how to improve their living environment around us. All events are free. Please see their website at: www.vancouverbirdweek.ca, then click on "Events". Please note: At the finale event at the Vancouver Public Library on Saturday May 14th, Nature Vancouver will be having the offical book launch of it's updated "THE BIRDER'S GUIDE TO VANCOUVER and the Lower Mainland". Available for $25 (no tax) by cash or cheque.
PLEASE REPORT BARN SWALLOW NESTING SITES TO RESEARCHERS Chloe Boynton is working on a masters project at SFU, looking into survival and habitat use of juvenile Barn Swallows. Barn Swallow populations have declined considerably in recent years and the species is now federally listed as Threatened. Chloe and her crew have attached radio transmitters to 35 Barn Swallow nestlings at 10 different nesting sites in the Lower Mainland: Ladner, Burnaby, Horseshoe Bay, Cypress, Richmond and Port Coquitlam. The transmitters are very small, the signal range is less than 2 km, and the battery life is relatively short, so If you have recently seen Barn Swallows regularly roosting anywhere in the Lower Mainland, please email Chloe at: chloekboynton AT gmail.com, with the location, when last seen and a flock estimate.
Birding Section Committee
The programs and activities of the Birding Section of Nature Vancouver are organized by an elected committee of up to eight members.
Chair:Jude Grass. Members: Angela Bond, David Boyd, Colin Clasen, Adrian Grant Duff, Martin McNicholl, June Ryder.
The evening programs of the Birding Section are held on the first Thursday of each month from September to May at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Mary's (Kerrisdale) Anglican Church, 2490 West 37th Avenue (at Larch Street), Vancouver. The programs start with introductions and items of general interest. The main presentation begins after a short break for light refreshments. These programs are open to the public and members are encouraged to invite their friends. For more information and suggestions for future programs please contact the Program Co-ordinator Jude Grass at 604-538-8774. Click on Program Schedule for a list of upcoming programs.
A Great 1-2-3 Combination To Increase Your Birding Success:
1. vanbcbirds (Yahoo Group):This group is free and the largest and most active online birding group in the metro Vancouver area. Birders of all experience levels can read about the sightings of other birders, post their own sightings and feel comfortable asking any type of question about birds and birding-related subjects. The link for signing up is : http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/vanbcbirds/info
2. eBird: This is a free international online database service operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. It’s a convenient way to keep a permanent record of your bird sightings and help monitor the abundance and distribution of bird populations. The link for signing up is: http://ebird.org/content/canada/ then click on "Explore Data", then click on "Sign in or register" above the "View and Explore Data" title, then click on "Create an Account" on the right side. This service includes the very valuable “eBird Rare Bird Alert” option, which automatically sends email alerts to you, for new sightings reported on eBird in your region. To activate this option in your eBird account, click on "Manage My Alerts" at the bottom right, type in "metro Vancouver" in the "Rare Bird Alerts" box, then click "Subscribe".
3. BC Rare Bird Alert:This is a free blog with regional reports to click on, including one for “Vancouver and Fraser Valley” (http://bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/).
Reporting Obvious Harassment Of Wildlife
If you feel you are witnessing obvious harassment of wildlife in the Metro Vancouver area, the proper authority to contact (at the time of writing) is the:Conservation Officer Service Reporting Line at 1-877-952-7277. You will be asked to provide key details including date, time, location and licence plate. Photos and videos of violators and their vehicles can also be very helpful. While the well-being of the birds is obviously important, so is your own. Therefore do not put your own safety at risk in a situation like this, by confronting the violator – contact the Conservation Officer.
The monthly newsletter of the Birding Section is published from September to April. Copies are available at Birders' Night Programs or from Editor Jude Grass ($2.00 per issue). Annual subscription (8 issues) for $22.00 includes postage and handling. Please make cheques out to VNHS -Wandering Tattler and mail to the Editor, 17375 27A Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 0E9. Click on Wandering Tattler to see the past issues.
Members of Nature Vancouver conduct a number of monthly bird surveys. For a complete listing click on Ongoing Nature Walks. Members can also volunteer to participate for surveys through Bird Studies Canada. There's the Great Backyard Bird Count, Christmas Bird Count, Coastal Waterbird Count for starters.
Christmas Bird Count
For information about Vancouver Area Christmas Bird Count, please click HERE.
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The following links are for instructions and plans to build various types of next boxes. Courtesy of Joe Sadowski and the Burnaby Lake Park Association, these designs have been tweaked over the years to incorporate the latest improvements. More changes will come along as we continue to learn more about providing the best nest boxes possible. Number one factor in designing these boxes is how well the target birds take to them. Ease of construction, durability and ease of being able to monitor and clean the boxes are additional important factors.Wood Ducks Chickadees and Swallows Bats
Contact Information for Reporting Wing-Tagged and Leg-Banded Birds of Prey:
Wing tags have been placed on a variety of birds of prey caught at and around airports. Mostly Red-Tailed Hawks, Rough-Legged Hawks and Barn Owls, with small numbers of Snowy Owls, Short-Eared Owls, Great Horned Owls, American Kestrels, Peregrine Falcons, Cooper's Hawks, Sharp-Shinned Hawks and Merlins. When reporting your sightings of these birds, please state color of tag, letter/number on it and which wing the tag is on. Also state where the bird was seen, as precisely as possible. Please include photo if available.
White wing tags (Vancouver airport) Gary Searing, Phone: 250-656-1889, Email: gfs AT airportwildlife.ca
Blue & Yellow wings tags (SeaTac airport) Bud Anderson, Phone: 360-757-1911, Email: falconresearch AT gmail.com