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August 26 @ 10:30 am 12:00 pm PDT

Location: Nature House

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In-person Program

Have a relaxing morning drawing birds around Lost Lagoon with members of the queer community. In this workshop for queer and trans community members led by local artist and birder, Joshua Ralph, we will explore different methods of nature journaling and documenting birds by hand. We will learn to identify common birds of Vancouver, distinguishing between field markings, and head for a walk around the Lagoon, drawing and documenting the birds we see along the shore. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill or knowledge, from beginner birders through to seasoned artists.

Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbooks and drawing mediums!

Please make sure you attend or notify us 72 hours in advance if you are unable to attend. Our leaders put a lot of time and passion into these sessions and we hope as many folks as possible can participate.

​Artist Bio

Joshua Ralph is a community-engaged media and eco-artist residing in so-called “Vancouver”. Over the past year, he has been working throughout Southwest BC, delivering programming on rendering invasive plants sourced from local restoration sites to useable art supplies. Aiming to provide sustainable and accessible art making materials to community and youth. His media artwork focuses on the natural world, highlighting the interwoven relationships between species and environment, with films having competed in Ottawa International Animation Festival and Innsbruck Nature Film Festival. He can often be seen biking around Richmond and looking at birds.

About “Queer Friends and Feathers”

Welcome to the SPES’ Queer Friends and Feathers! We’ll be hosting some free events that focus on different ways we can connect with birds outside in so called “Stanley Park” – whether that is a guided birding tour, art, photography or playing Wingspan. This series is for queer and trans people that want to learn more about nature together. Come with a friend or alone, have a snack, and take it easy – you don’t need any experience to appreciate birds! 

Program Details

Accessibility note: This program will partially inside our Nature House, which is wheelchair accessible, but a public wheelchair accessible washroom will be upstairs. A part of the program will be outside, with a short distance being travelled on surfaces around Lost Lagoon (such as gravel and pavement). We will not be moving far. If you have any questions about accessibility, please email Anna at publiced@stanleyparkecology.ca   


This program will meet at the Nature House on Lost Lagoon (located near the intersection of Alberni and Chilco Street, underneath the viewing platform) and  Please arrive 5 minutes early to sign in. (1) (2) (3) (4)  

Terms and conditions    

(1) Registration required - sorry, no drop-ins 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.        

(3) Program Availability – Program full or you cannot attend this day or time?   Sign up here to be notified when the program runs in the future.        

(4) Cancellation policy – We refund cancellations due to illness to keep everyone healthy, but the number of recent cancellations is impacting our capacity to run these programs. If you must cancel, please let us know if you need a refund or if you are able to help us offer affordable programs for the public by donating your registration fee. (This is one way we can all subsidize programs in this changing economic climate and ensure these programs are available on a sliding scale.)  


We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.     


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