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25 June 2023 @ 9:30 am 11:30 am PDT

Location: George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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In-person Program

Led by birder and lead of the BC Rare Bird Alert website, Melissa Hafting, this walk will introduce you to the birds found at George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. See birds like  warblers, Sandhill cranes, and Hooded mergansers while meeting new people and sharing in the outdoors. Both youth and adults are welcome for this program!

This program will meet at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary parking lot. Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of the program. There is a booking for this event, no need to book parking.

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 Guide

Melissa Hafting founded the BC Young Birders Program in 2014. The successful program was founded on the principle that anyone was welcome no matter their gender, sexual orientation or race.  Melissa believes in making birding accessible for everyone, and has worked hard to make birding more diverse and equitable in her community. She has a strong passion for birding and loves to travel to see different birds around the world. Melissa is an eBird reviewer for the province and believes there is still much work to be done to ensure birding and environmental spaces are truly diverse and safe for all. She is also passionate about seeing more women and women of colour in this field. Melissa is a conservationist that is passionate about educating about the plights birds face such as habitat loss, degradation and climate change. She has fought for many environmental concerns in her community and province and has made a successful Tree Swallow and Purple Martin nest box program in the city of Richmond. She is an ecologist that was featured on the CBC documentary “Rare Bird Alert” and she recently finished her first book Dare To Bird which comes out Spring 2024. She is the recipient of BC Nature’s Daphne Solecki Award for her work with youth and was an adult finalist for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2021 Nature Inspiration Awards. Melissa currently runs the Rare Bird Alert website.

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 at the parking lot of George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of the program. (1) (2)

(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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