In Stanley park children can hunt for everything from chickadees to bald eagles
If you’re lucky you may spot a bald eagle during the Christmas Bird Count in Stanley Park. (M. Schmidt)
Young bird enthusiasts hunted fowl of all sizes at the annual Christmas Bird Count Saturday in Stanley Park — everything from chickadees to bald eagles.
The bird count is a 115-year old tradition and there are hundreds of bird species to see in the area, said Celina Starnes, with the Stanley Ecology Society.
It’s a chance for children to run around outside, but it’s also an opportunity to appreciate nature.
“After doing the Christmas Bird Count, I’m hoping a lot of these children will come away with a heightened appreciation for all the little species that are out there around them.”
Starnes says Stanley Park is the perfect place for a bird count because of its complex ecosystem and its location on the pacific flyway.
“We’ll invite the children out into the park, we have a little intro session, how to identify the most common birds. Then we get out, count as many as we can, come back in, serve some hot chocolate, and do a tally of all the different species we spotted.”
The best way to look for birds is to use your ears, said Starnes.
Here are a few examples of birds you may see during the Christmas Bird Count:
Black capped chickadee
The course is free and people can register on the Stanley Park Ecology Society website.
To listen to the full audio, click the link labelled: Bird counting for kids at Stanley Park.