Birding Section

Birding Section

The programs and activities of the Birding Section of Nature Vancouver are organized by an elected committee of up to eight members. The members of the 2021 committee are (alphabetical by last name):

Angela Bond, Colin Clasen, Harvey Dueck, Liron Gertsman, Jude Grass (past Chair), Al McKenzie, Tom Plath and Neill Vanhinsberg.

Birders' Night

Evening programs of the Birding Section 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 Birders’ Night presentations, please contact Colin Clasen. (At present these presentations are held on line.) 

  • WHEN: First Thursday of each month from September to May at 7:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Parish Hall of St. Mary’s Anglican Church (Kerrisdale – 2490 West 37th Avenue at Larch Street), Vancouver.

Upcoming Birders' Night Presentations

ENDANGERED WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER – How, why and where to next?

Thursday, June 30, 2021

For details please click HERE

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Birders’ Night presentations are now held online via Zoom Video Conferencing. On the Monday preceding the event, the Zoom link to join the talk is published in the weekly Nature Vancouver e-News. Non-members are welcome and should Email: well in advance to register for the link.

See all the scheduled programs and field trips on the Events Calendar from the link below. 

Bird Surveys

Members of Nature Vancouver conduct monthly bird surveys at UBC Farm and UBC Botanical Gardens. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, our outdoor activities are on hold at the moment. We plan to restart these activities as soon as the restrictions are lifted. More information on the link below.

Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and longest running Citizen Science Project in the Western Hemisphere that started in 1900. Members of Nature Vancouver, organize and participate in this count every year. More information and reports of previous counts are available from the link below.

The Birder's Guide to Vancouver

Now expanded with all-new colour maps and more than 100 additional colour photographs, this guide explores 33 local birding areas that attract significant numbers of species throughout the year. Each area has a description, brand new walking map and information on the seasonal variations in species. Driving directions are also included. 

This guide can be purchased at a Nature Vancouver Birders’ Night, online from Harbour Publishing or, or from retailers such as Wild Birds Unlimited, Backyard Bird Centre and Chapters.

The Birders’ Guide to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

Seasonal Check List - Birds of Greater Vancouver

Enjoy this free guide and checklist for birding in the Greater Vancouver area. Area covered: Greater Vancouver from the International Boundary (including Point Roberts, WA) North to 49°. 35′ N West to the eastern shoreline of Howe Sound (including Bowen Island) and to the middle of the Strait of Georgia. East to 122° 33′ W (260th St. in Langley and Maple Ridge) including all of Golden Ears Provincial Park.  There is also an alternate version, with more species per page.

Where to go Birding

Wondering where to find birds in the Vancouver area? Check out our list of VANCOUVER AREA BIRDING SITES and the ebird HOTSPOTS  for Metro Vancouver area. For access to Iona Island lagoons, please register with Tom Plath by EMAIL. 

© Joan Lopez
Nature Vancouver