Birding Section

Birding Section

Centre photo by John and Sheila Linn. Left and Right photos by Ed Dubois.

The Birding Section offers the opportunity to go on field trips to see over 260 bird species annually. Some species live here permanently and many others pass through in spring and fall on their migratory routes. Nature Vancouver Birders meet year round.
Scroll down for Birding events or please contact Program Coordinator JUDE GRASS for more information.

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 programs please contact the Program Coordinator JUDE GRASS

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

September 05HOW BIRDS DO IT, by Dr. David Bird. For details please click HERE.

October 03 – OILED WILDLIFE RESPONSE by Chris Battaglia. For details please click HERE.

November 07TURKEY VULTURES, by David Manning. For details please click HERE.

December 05BIRDS OF THE WESTERN CAPE, South Africa by Tom Plath. For details please click HERE.

Bird Surveys & Christmas Bird Count

Members of Nature Vancouver conduct a number of monthly bird surveys. Members can also volunteer to participate in annual events such as the Great Backyard Bird Count and Christmas Bird Count. More information is available on BIRD STUDIES CANADA website.

Bird Studies Canada is also looking for volunteers to help with British Columbia Coastal Waterbird Survey. This survey involves counting water birds at specific locations along the BC coast each month. Volunteers should have intermediate to advanced bird identification skills and have access to binoculars or a spotting scope. Click HERE for more information.

Where to Bird in Vancouver

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.


Wandering Tattler

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.


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.


The program 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, Colin Clasen,  Tom Plath and Neill Vanhinsberg.  

Photo by Joan Lopez
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