Bird Week – Event listing

UPDATE: Bird Week 2013/14 events are now closed, please visit to find out more about Vancouver Bird Week 2014

Vancouver joins a host of other people from around the world who also celebrate birds. For the third year in a row, Vancouver will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day during a week-long series of events from May 4-11, 2013. We will also join International Migratory Bird Day to celebrate the migration of birds in the Americas.  Look for bird displays in the Main Library concourse all week long.

Event locations and times are listed below. All events are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required but space is limited so please come early to reserve a space.


May 4

Celebration of Bird Week, Stanley Park

  • 10am Launch of Bird Week – Come join the project partners in officially launching bird week in Stanley Park. Speakers will read the official City proclamation.
  • 10:30 Bird Walk, by Stanley Park Ecology Society
  • Artist Lori Weidenhammer invites you to leave messages for the migrating hummingbirds, to wish them luck on their long journey back to Vancouver. Hummingbirds are thought by some cultures to be messengers to the spirit world. Drop in and share your hummingbird stories with other enthusiasts.


May 5 

  Bird Tours

  • Heron colony tour in Stanley Park, Stanley Park Ecology Society

Time: 1:30-3:30;  Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon (See For details)


May 6

Amazing Birds in Vancouver,

George Clulow

Vancouver is a bird city and a great place to take that first step to birdwatching. Learn more about the common birds around town and in your garden. The talk will be a great introduction to birding and to our feathered friends, and an opportunity to hone your birding skills.

Location: Vancouver Public Library – Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms Lower Level   

Time:  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

George Clulow has been involved with the naturalist and birding community in the Lower Mainland since the mid-1970’s and is currently a Director for Bird Studies Canada.

Wednesday May 8

From Herring to Gray Whales: One Bird’s Partnerships in a Changing Sea

Dr. Eric Anderson

Although historically very abundant along the coasts of North America, the Surf Scoter was until recently a species we knew surprisingly little about.  This talk will focus on recent findings, including satellite tracking of their movements, as well as their dependence on other marine species including eelgrass, herring, and gray whales.  Like many marine animals and plants, numbers of Surf Scoters have declined dramatically and increased conservation is urgently needed.

Location: Vancouver Public Library – Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms Lower Level          

Time:  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Dr. Eric Anderson is a Research Fellow of the Pacific WildLife Foundation, and an instructor at both the University of Washington and BC Institute of Technology.

May 10-22

The Birds – An exhibition of bird photography

Photohaus Gallery presents The Birds – A photographic exhibition celebrating our feathered friends. Featuring work from over 20 photographers. For more details and information please visit our website or see our Facebook events page.

Where: PhotoHaus Gallery. 14 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

When: Opening Reception May 10;  7pm – 11pm

Gallery Hours: Mon – Thursday: 1pm – 6.30pm; Fri: 12pm – 3pm 


May 11

 World Migratory Bird Day – Bird Walks

Meet at the specific locations and times to join some of the best birders in Vancouver to learn more about birds. All levels and ages of birders are invited to attend and our guides will help you use binoculars and bird guides to locate the birds. We ask that all children be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The bird walks are open and free for all, but please come early to reserve a spot in case they fill up.

  • Stanley Park
    • Dawn Chorous 8 am; Robyn Worcester (Stanley Park Ecology Society)
    • Morning Migrants 10 am; Rob Butler (Bird Studies Canada)
    • Meet at the Heron Colony 2099 Beach Ave
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
    • 8 am; Jeremiah Kennedy (Nature Vancouver)
    • 10 am; Jeremiah Kennedy
    • Meet at the front entrance to the Bloedel Conservatory
  • Hastings Park Sanctuary
    • 8 am; Pat Miller (Nature Vancouver)
    • 10 am; Robin Taylor (Nature Vancouver)
    • Meet on the N.W. Corner of Hastings and Renfrew Streets.
  •  Everett Crowley Park
    • 10 am; Bill Kinkaid (Nature Vancouver)
    • Meet at the main entrance to the park on Kerr Street , south of 63rd Avenue.
  • Jericho Park
    • 10 am; Adrian Grant-Duff (Nature Vancouver)
    • Meet at the east parking lot, just West of Wallace and 2nd Av
  • Pacific Spirit Park
    • 9:30 am; Christopher Di Corrado (Bird Studies Canada) – Meet at the Metro Van park offices at 4915 West 16th Avenue.
    • 8:30 am; Julian Hudson (Nature Vancouver) – Meet at Chancellor Blvd/4th Ave at Hamber Rd (University Hill Elem. School). The bus stop # is 51916.
  • VanDusen Gardens
    • 10 am; Jeremy Gordon
    • Meet in the Visitor Center Atrium. Free for Members or with Garden admission

Colony Farm Regional Park

  • 1:00 pm heritage building tour
  • 2:30 pm guided birding and nature walks

Learn about herons and other wildlife and the importance of the park to migratory birds. Find out about Colony Farm history and the variety of partners involved in the park. Kids can plant a potted flower for Mother’s Day. Free Everyone welcome – Presented by Colony Farm Park Association, park partner groups, and Metro Vancouver.For more info: 


Feathery Fun: World Migratory Bird Week at the ArtStarts Gallery

Visit the ArtStarts Gallery and explore the new exhibition of young people’s art, Botanimalogy: Expressions of Nature, all about birds, animals and our natural world. The exhibition features trees full of paper mache local birds made by Grade 3 students from Enderby, BC. See how many different species you can count! Kids and families are welcome to take part in different hands-on art-making activities inspired by our feathery friends.

Admission is free.

When:   10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: 808 Richards Street Vancouver, BC, V6B 3A7

The Botanimalogy: Expressions of Nature exhibition features how today’s creative young minds experience the natural world. Discover how students from across BC, in Kindergarten to Grade 12, explore nature’s imprints with camera-less photography, express their identity through animal symbolism, research local birds with puppet-making and theatre, communicate their concerns for the environment in their own short films, and more.


Society of Crows, Dr. Rob Butler

Delve into the clever minds of crows, a decade of research of the northwestern crow, and the city habits of large flocks that now reside in Vancouver with ornithologist Dr. Rob Butler.  

Evening Talk at Downtown Library

Location: Vancouver Public Library – Alice Mackay Room Lower Level          

Time:  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Dr. Rob butler was a biologist and senior scientist in the Canadian government for 28 years. He currently acts as BC Program Scientist for Bird Studies Canada, President of the Pacific WildLife Foundation is an Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University and serves many science and conservation organizations.


May 12

Mother’s Day Tea with the Birds, Boundary Bay Regional Park

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and Mother’s Day with an Afternoon Tea. Bring Mom and  the whole family and join us at Cammidge House in Boundary Bay Regional Park, Tsawwassen, from 12:30 – 3:30 pm on May 12th for interactive displays, birding walks led by experienced ornithologists, presentations by Naturalist Anne Murray and, of course, tea and cookies.

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: Cammidge House & Boundary Bay Regional Park
498 Boundary Bay Rd  Delta, BC   V4L 1B1

For more info see Metro Vancouver’s Events page