2019 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count

2019 Vancouver Christmas Bird Count

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Date(s) - 14/Dec/2019
8:00 am - 4:30 pm



Take part in the world’s longest running Citizen Science Project!

Volunteers are still needed to take part in the Vancouver Christmas Bird Count.  This year, the count runs from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, December 14th.

The overall goal of the count is for scientists and others to try to track changes in bird populations across North America and around the world.  The goal of the Vancouver count is to try to count all birds by species in a 24km diameter circle on a single day.

Birders at all levels of ability are welcome.  More eyes are generally better and beginners can help find birds in each count area, for the experts to identify.  Note though that the count lasts for the full day, so it may not be suitable for young birders.

You will need a pair of binoculars, as it’s nearly impossible to identify many birds without them.

To volunteer, look at the Vancouver Count Circle Area Map (below) and consider which area you’d like to help in.  Then send an email to colin@naturevancouver.ca, stating what that letter designation is.   Colin will then ask the appropriate Area Leader to contact you with details.

There will be the usual Post-Count Dinner at the new location of the Unitarian Church Hall at 49th and Oak Street. We look forward to sharing a meal with appetizers starting at 4:30 pm  after an iconic Nature Vancouver tradition.

A leader is still needed for Area B, so please email colin@naturevancouver.ca to volunteer or find out more.


Here is a photo of the official paper map used to plan the Vancouver count.  Click on map for bigger image.

General information on Christmas Bird Counts is available on BIRD STUDIES CANADA website. The BC Field Ornithologists maintain a list of Christmas Bird Counts around the province.

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