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June 10 @ 9:30 am 11:00 am PDT

Location: Iona Beach Regional Park

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In-person Program

Led by birders Vinci Au and Alison Kwan, this walk will introduce you to the birds found at Iona Beach Regional Park. See birds like Western sandpipers, Yellow-rumped warblers, and Red-winged blackbirds while meeting new people and sharing in the outdoors.

This program will meet at Iona Beach Regional Park, Richmond, by the washrooms. Please try to arrive 15 minutes in advance of the program.

Birding with Me is a part of the Vancouver Bird Celebration and organized collaboratively by Stanley Park Ecology Society and various partners from the Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture, including the Canadian Wildlife Service and Birds Canada.

Check out other free programs happening during the Vancouver Bird Celebration from May 13 to May 31 to get excited about birds!

About Your Bird Guides

Alison Kwan: “Hi everyone! My name is Alison. I’m a biologist at Diamond Head Consulting. I was born in Canada and my parents moved here from Hong Kong in the late 1980s. I’ve been interested in nature and wildlife ever since I was in elementary school. I feel extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work in this field, and to be able to guide you through this birding adventure! I hope that this event will help grow your interest in both birding and nature. I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing our interests in birds together. ”

Vinci Au:  “Hi there! I’m Vinci (礎均), a researcher (基因研究員) at the University of British Columbia. My family moved from Hong Kong to Vancouver in the late 80’s, and I’ve always had a deep connection to nature thanks to my grandfather. We used to go on trail walks near our home in Richmond, where he would point out the beautiful birds flying above and scurrying in the bushes. Those moments with him sparked my interest in birding. 

Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to connect with passionate conservationists, local birders and scientists through a non-profit called WildResearch. It’s been an incredible learning experience, and I want to share that joy with others. I believe birding should be a community activity that everyone can enjoy together. So, I’m excited to introduce you to the amazing birds hiding right in front of us. 

Join me on this journey of discovery as we uncover the wonders of avian life and deepen our connection to the natural world.”

About “Birding with Me” Series

Come Birding with Me and learn about our local birds on free, guided bird walks that celebrate diversity in bird and human communities. Inspired by the National Audubon Society’s Let’s Go Birding Together series, Birding with Me walks welcome in members of different communities led by experts of shared identity to explore birding together and meet new people. Check out the Birding with Me webpage for all events.

Program Details

Accessibility notes: This program requires moving at a moderate pace with moderate inclines on some uneven surfaces (such as gravel and pavement) for up to 2 hours. If you have any questions about accessibility, please email Anna at publiced@stanleyparkecology.ca     

This program will meet in front of the public washrooms at Iona Beach Regional Park. Please arrive 15 minutes early prior to the program.  (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)      

(1) Registration required - NO DROP-INS ARE ALLOWED.  This program is free!


(2) Weather dependent - Please check your email 12 hours before the program date and time to confirm it has not been cancelled due to inclement weather such as high winds, heavy rain, or extreme heat.     

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