Ongoing Nature Walks and Surveys

Ongoing Nature Walks and Surveys

Stanley Park Ecology Society – Discovery Walks

These two hour guided walks, leaving from the Nature House at Lost Lagoon on most Sundays, explore the natural and cultural history of Stanley Park. Departure times, topics and fees vary so please click HERE for schedule of events. To ensure your participation at these popular events, contact the Program Manager at 604-257-8544 to reserve. Space permitting, drop-ins are welcome.

Birding in Stanley Park: Join a naturalist for a two-hour walk to learn how to identify migratory and resident birds. Meet at the Lost Lagoon Nature House at 9 a.m. on the last Sunday of every month. Fee by donation.

Lighthouse Park 

First Sunday of the month, holidays included; we meet at the top of the parking lot at a time which changes with the change of seasons and for PST or PDT.  Consult the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society’s website for starting times.
Beginning birders are always welcome. Ocean birds are counted as well as land birds.

Lighthouse Park is in West Vancouver and easily accessed by bus (West Vancouver’s Blue Bus #250 Horseshoe Bay)

Contact Suann Hosie if questions

Reifel Bird Sanctuary

You can book a tour for groups of 15 or more. Phone 604-946-6980 for more information.

Squamish Estuary 

Squamish estuary monthly bird counts are held on the first or second Sunday of each month, depending on the tide. For more information, contact Judith Vetsch at 1-604-892-3340.

Also the Squamish Environment Society has monthly Nature Outings. 

See under “Programs”.

Maplewood Flats Conservation Area

The Wild Bird Trust’s monthly bird survey of Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver is conducted on the first Saturday of each month. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Pacific Environment Science Centre, 2645 Dollarton Highway. If the gate is closed, park adjacent to the highway. For details, please contact Janice Wilson, Bird Survey Co-ordinator at 778-279-3216. On the second Saturday of each month you’re welcome to join Al and Jude Grass for a nature walk starting at 10 a.m.

Terra Nova North 

This bird survey of Terra Nova North is conducted on the second Sunday of each month at 8 a.m. Meet at the Children’s Playground parking lot just off River Road, Richmond West. Led by Hugh Griffiths at 604-992-7689. 

UBC Farm

Every third Sunday of each month, join in a bird survey at the UBC Farm. All levels of birding knowledge are welcome to participate. The monthly survey takes from two to four hours, depending on weather conditions and how many birds we see. The survey begins at 8 a.m. (March to September) and 9 a.m. (October to February). Meet at the main gate to the UBC Farm, located on South Campus, at 3461 Ross Drive. For more information, contact Sue Kay-Downs at 604-569-3058. This monthly bird survey is organized by Nature Vancouver in partnership with the UBC Farm.

Check for details on the December 2019 survey  as it will be part of the Vancouver Christmas Bird Count.

UBC Botanical Garden

The first Wednesday of each month, Nature Vancouver conducts a bird survey at the UBC Botanical Garden. The Friends of the Garden support and participate in this monthly survey. Meet at the Garden entrance gate at 8:00 am on the first Wednesday of the month throughout the year. The survey takes from two to four hours, depending on the weather, how many birds are seen, and how many plants are enjoyed along the route. All levels of birding knowledge are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Bev Ramey at 604 224-7689.  This monthly bird survey is organized by Nature Vancouver, in partnership with the UBC Botanical Garden.

Check for details on the December 2019 survey  as it will be part of the Vancouver Christmas Bird Count.

Hastings Park Sanctuary

The Hastings Park Conservancy’s Environmental Committee and guest naturalists lead monthly nature walks through the Sanctuary in Hastings Park. All walks leave from the northeast corner of the Sanctuary (near the red barns and the Playland restrooms). There is free parking on site for visitors to the Sanctuary, or take the bus to Hastings & Renfrew Streets. Usually on fourth or last Saturday of each month; for a schedule of walks go to 

Monthly tours of Burns Bog

10am to 12 noon, usually 3rd Saturday of each month March to September

Location: In front of Planet Ice Delta rinks (10388 Nordel Crt, Delta, east of Hwy 91 underpass)
Cost: $10.00/ person ($8 with pre-registration)
Join a nature guide for a walk through the beautiful Delta Nature Reserve. Tours discuss Bog Environments, Natural history, First Nations, Flora and Fauna, and points out many unique and interesting features found along the 3km boardwalk.The Delta Nature Reserve is fully boardwalked and fully wheel-chair accessible.
To learn more, visit the Burns Bog Conservation Society tours page or their self-guided visit page

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