Events

Vancouver Bird Celebration

may 8-16, 2021

Vancouver Bird Celebration runs from May 8-16 and features events such as panel discussions, webinars, talks, exhibitions, and lectures showcasing the diversity of bird species who visit this region.

Click on the dates below to see the programs happening each day. To see the full event details, click on the event title to learn how to sign up! 

Bird Celebration Events by Date

April 20-30
May 1-7
May 8-14
May 15-21
May 22-28

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day

Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird The Boundary Bay Park Association is looking for your interpretation of this year’s theme: Sing, Fly, Soar • Like a Bird Send a...
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[Webinar] Owls of the Eastern Ice: Blakiston’s Fish Owl Conservation in Russia

Join us in conversation with Jonathan C. Slaght, PhD, author, biologist and Blakiston’s fish owl expert for an evening of exploration of the Russian tundra and the challenges to save...
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Schoolyard Birds

Join the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association’s upcoming online Teacher Pro-D Session where the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) will help empower teachers to incorporate bird themes into the curriculum! We...
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A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey

A meeting with a Striated Caracara in the late 1990s changed Jonathan Meiburg’s life, setting him on a quest to learn everything he could about the world’s ten caracara species;...
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The Spectacular Dawn Chorus

Dawn Chorus Talk (April 30th) To celebrate bird month in Vancouver, we invite local bird expert Roy Jantzen to introduce community members to bird language and the dawn chorus, an...
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Celebrate Migratory Bird Day

Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird The Boundary Bay Park Association is looking for your interpretation of this year’s theme: Sing, Fly, Soar • Like a Bird Send a...
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Predicting Good Birding Dates

Can The Weather Forecast Help You Enjoy Bird Migration Even More? When is the best time to watch for spring migrants? Where is the ideal place to go birding tomorrow?...
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Bird Identification Series (ONLINE)

The Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) and the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association (VBGA) present this multi-week Bird Identification Certificate Program for the first time online. In this course, participants will...
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Webinar – Touching Down in the Fraser River Estuary: Exploring how threats to coastal wetlands impact Western Sandpipers across the Americas

Discover this important wetland with presenters James Casey from Birds Canada and Borja Heredia from the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge in Spain. Learn more and register here!...
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Watchparty: Rare Bird Alert with Q&A with Paul Riss the Punk-Rock birder

Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival comes to the Toronto Bird Celebration, with a bird-filled watch party! Join Jody Allair, Birds Canada Director for Citizen Science and Andrés Jiménez, Planet...
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Celebrate Migratory Bird Day

Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird The Boundary Bay Park Association is looking for your interpretation of this year’s theme: Sing, Fly, Soar • Like a Bird Send a...
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World Migratory Bird Day LIVE

Tune into a virtual tour of the Pacific Flyway on 8 May starting at 9:15 am Pacific Time. Hosted by Environment for the Americas, we will be virtually visiting 6...
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Birding for Beginners (Family Program)

Enjoy an outdoor walk and learn the basics of birding at Colony Farm Regional Park. No experience required! Please register the total number of people coming with you, including children....
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Birds in the Burrard Inlet on Burnaby Mtn

Join Donna Clark, Sara Ross and Rita Wong – local birders and land & water protectors- as they share information about actions they and others have been taking to monitor,...
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Inspired by Birds (Online)

Exploring how art, stories, and Indigenous language revitalization support a broader understanding of birds and their cultural importance. Learn more and register here! Join us to kick off the Vancouver...
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Boisterous Birds

Learn about bird songs, nests, and more! Register and learn more about this event here! This weekend, we’ll meet up with bird biologist Hana Hermanek! Learn about local BC birds,...
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Birds of Prey in BC

Learn about the O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society and the raptors that call BC home. Presenters will feature two birds of prey. This program is offered through Zoom. Adult must...
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All About Eagles (Online)

Soar into this free webinar to learn more about this charismatic apex predator and find out the answers to all your eagle questions! Learn more and register here! Join Stanley...
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Piper Spit Bird Count

Whether you’re just getting to know the birds in your backyard or are on the lookout for rarities, grab your binoculars and join a park interpreter to watch the seasonal...
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Urban Bird Photography 101 with Ankur

Join Ankur Khurana, a tenacious advocate of environmental justice whose love for wildlife has taken him all over the world. Originally from India, he has been photographing birds for a...
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Fraser River Discovery with Rob Butler

Our next virtual Fraser River Dialogue on Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 pm will focus on Birds of the Fraser Basin as part of this year’s Vancouver Bird Celebration (the...
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Critter Club – Radical Raptors (Online)

An interactive online club for children who are passionate about birds, keen to learn more about them, and want to help protect them. Learn more and register here! Stanley Park...
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Drawing Birds (ONLINE)

Continue exploring birds in your sketchbook. Study domestic and exotic birds from Bloedel Conservatory. Capture bird posture, body shape and scale of parts to the whole, adding a splash of...
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Webinar – The Fraser Estuary – Birds on the Pacific Flyway

Join Amie MacDonald and James Casey from Birds Canada to explore the intricate network of sites – including BC’s Fraser Estuary – where birds stop to fuel up as they...
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Writing about Birds as an Antidote to Despair

Join us for a nature writing workshop where we will explore how recording daily (avian!) wonders not only makes us feel more alive, but also helps us develop a practice...
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Learn to Make Bird Cartoons with Bird and Moon

Join Rosemary Mosco to learn why comics and conservation intertwine so well, and learn to make comics yourself. You’ll enjoy fun and not-at-all intimidating activities on writing and drawing for...
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The Teachings of Birds with Talaysay Tours (Online)

This session is just for Indigenous communities – if you are non-Indigenous, you can register for the paid program on May 20 (link in the description)

Photographing Birds From My Kitchen During COVID

Spending more time at home gives us surprising opportunities to connect with the natural world around us. Veteran nature photographer Ron Long will share tips on how to get great...
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Celebrate Migratory Bird Day

Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird The Boundary Bay Park Association is looking for your interpretation of this year’s theme: Sing, Fly, Soar • Like a Bird Send a...
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World Migratory Bird Day – Birds in the Burrard Inlet on Burnaby Mtn

Nesting Birds at Burnaby Mountain and Brunette River – Join local birders and land protectors for an update Learn more and register for this event here! Join Donna Clark, Sara...
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Birds of VanDusen

Come celebrate Vancouver Bird Week at VanDusen Botanical Garden! We will explore the Garden in search of birds, listen to common bird calls, and do citizen science to help local...
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Nature Illustrations Webinar – Chickadees

Learn to sketch animals with nature illustrator, Bea. Adult participation required. This complimentary program is offered through Zoom. Sponsored by the Richmond Nature Park Society. To register: Make a MyRichmond...
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Nature Illustrations Webinar – Canada Goose

Learn to sketch animals with nature illustrator, Bea. Adult participation required. This complimentary program is offered through Zoom. Sponsored by the Richmond Nature Park Society. To register: Make a MyRichmond...
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Coast Salish Plant Talk with Cease Wyss

Join us and learn about a particular plant each month in our plant profile series Learn more and register for this event here! Local Squamish ethnobotanist Cease Wyss will share...
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Meet the OWL Raptor Ambassadors (Online)

Join us as we host OWL (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society in this unique virtual experience! Learn more and register for this event here! Join us as we host OWL (Orphaned...
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Exploring More About Birds with your Students!

Spring is here! Let’s take our students outside to continue to explore, identify and develop curiosity and knowledge about our local birds! Learn more and register for this event here!...
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Getting on Nature’s Wavelength: Birdwatching in the City

Getting on Nature’s Wavelength (Tuning Out The White Noise): Birdwatching in the City with “The Urban Birder”, David Lindo Live in a city? Think birds are “somewhere else,” like in...
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The Teachings of Birds with Talaysay Tours (Online)

We are so excited to work with Talaysay Tours for this all-new Teachings of Birds program. Learn more and register here! We are so excited to work with Talaysay Tours...
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Enabled: Connecting with Birds Despite a Disability, a Panel

Toronto’s biggest festival has 50 million feathered performers. Join this online panel to learn how to explore birds around you in your home or neighbourhood throughout the year. This panel...
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