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 2022 committee are (alphabetical by last name):

Colin Clasen, Harvey Dueck, Liron Gertsman, Al McKenzie, and Tom Plath.

Birders' Night

At present the Evening programs of the Birding Section are held online via ZOOM Video Conferencing. In 2023 we will review the option to offer these programs by a hybrid of in-person and via Zoom Video Conferencing

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

The Birders’ night programs are held on the First Thursday of each month from (September to May) at 7:30 p.m. The link to the Zoom meeting is published in e-News on the Monday of the week. Non-members can receive the link by registering with Denis Laplante at

To see a complete list of all evening programs, please click on the link below:

Cats and Birds

Cats and Birds is a project of the non-profit Stewardship Centre for BC that helps make British Columbia a safer place for cats, birds, other wildlife, and people. More information in an article by Bryna Turk from the link below:

Bird Friendly Coffee

What is Bird Friendly Coffee? Why should you buy it? Learn all about it and more from the link below.

Bird Surveys

Members of Nature Vancouver conduct monthly bird surveys at UBC Farm and UBC Botanical Gardens. 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 was published by Harbour Publishing can be purchased from the link below. It is also available from, 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

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. 

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. Please note that the public access to inner lagoon is closed till 2026.

© Joan Lopez
Nature Vancouver