Inspired by Birds (Online)

Stanley Park Ecology Society
08 May 2021
18:00 - 19:45

Inspired by Birds (Online)

Exploring how art, stories, and Indigenous language revitalization support a broader understanding of birds and their cultural importance.

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Join us to kick off the Vancouver Bird Celebration with this online panel exploring the ways people have brought birds into their lives beyond birding and research. Inspired by Birds will look at how art, stories, games, and Indigenous language revitalization have supported a broader understanding of birds and their cultural importance. Panelist will speak to what this topic means to them before we open up the floor for questions and discussion.


Adam Dhalla on the new game Find the Birds

Julie Lebel on the Moberly Story Walk

Charlene George on birds as a part of Indigenous language revitalization

June Hunter on art and visual stories

Time for questions and discussion

Present Alan Duncan Bird Conservation Award

Speaker Bios

Adam Dhalla

Inspired by nature since seeing a wild Snowy Owl in 2012, Adam Dhalla is a naturalist and wildlife photographer. Naturally, as someone passionate about nature, he engages in local climate activism and raise awareness through art and photography, as well as a mobile game recently developed: Find the Birds.

Julie Lebel

Julie Lebel is a Vancouver based choreographer invested in community engaged dance and in interactions between public space and community. She graduated from UQAM with a bachelor degree in Dance in 1998 and is based in Vancouver since 2005. Her choreography is shown across Canada in city centres and rural contexts, with dance, theatre and multi-disciplinary presenters, festivals and museums.

S7atsáliya (Charlene George)

S7atsáliya (Charlene George) comes from the Sḵwx̱wú7meshulh and Sel̓íl̓watulh Nations. She has recently completed a two year Diploma in Proficiency of a First Nations Language; she is currently about to help teach the final term of the second Diploma offering. S7atsáliya has been teaching the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim (Squamish Language) for the past 4.5 years, alongside multiple wonderful entities. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization, Kwi Awt Stélmexw. She loves to work with multiple entities to incorporate the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim where appropriate. S7atsáliya is also a wool weaver, singer, and dancer, learning from and alongside her family. She loves to see her people thriving, and given the opportunities to showcase their talents within their respective communities, and within the cities.

June Hunter

When not watching and photographing crows and other birds, thinking and talking about them, or writing about them in my blog, June Hunter makes art. “I think of this as a kind of distillation process. The essence of what I take from my observations eventually emerges as a series of images. Some of the images are simple portraits, other are more like visual stories with layers of different images combined to create a specific atmosphere.”

June’s work has been exhibited at shows in Vancouver and the United Kingdom, and her work is for sale at various Vancouver and Victoria galleries here in BC, or worldwide from her online shops ( and my Etsy store.)


*Tickets must be reserved in advance. Ticket reservation closes 30 minutes before the start of the program.

**This program will take place on Zoom, so please make sure you have Zoom downloaded well in advance of the webinar. A Zoom link can be found within your confirmation email, and will also be sent out one hour before the start of the program. Only one ticket required per household.

***This is a pilot program, so at this time we won’t be sharing a recording for this program.

We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.