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Vancouver branch - Bird Banding Station Experience at Colony Farm

September 21, 2019 - 7:00am to 12:00pm
Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) at Colony Farms
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Innovations Event:  Bird Banding Station Experience at Colony Farm

at Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC)

Saturday September 21, 2019 7:00 am – 12:00 pm, weather permitting*  (If poor weather on Saturday, we will move to Sunday September 22, 2019)

Join us on for a morning with the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) at Colony Farms to see resident and migratory birds up close, observe bird banding, hold and release birds under supervision, and view birds in parts of the park normally off-limits to the general public.

VARC’s mandate has two key components:

  1. To provide data and research support to safeguard habitat for birds
  2. To provide public outreach and education to raise awareness of environmental issues as they relate to birds”

Download the POSTER for more information regarding this event.


Meeting location for check in is at the Bird Banding Station. The Bird Banding Station is closest to street-parking off Shaugnessy Street. Parking here is limited. There is additional parking at the Colony Farms Community Garden parking lot on the west side of the park, however this lot is a 15-20-minute walk away from the Bird Banding Station. Please note that if you type in Colony Farms into Google Maps it will direct you toward the Community Garden parking lot.

For specific directions and more information, please see: http://www.birdvancouver.com/varc-wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Directions-to-Colony-Farm-and-the-VARC-Banding-Station-1.pdf


  • 6:45-7:00 Arrival and check in Bird Banding Station
  • 7:00 – 12:00 Bird Banding Station Experience

COST:                    BCIA members - $10                                

The maximum capacity for the event is 10 people. This event is open to BCIA members only at this time. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment!

All registrations must be completed by the end of day September 14, 2019   *Cancellation notice is required by end of day Wednesday September 18, 2019 or full payment will be charged ($10)

Questions can be directed to: PD_Vancouver@email.bcia.com

Transportation: Please provide your own transportation.

What to wear:

  • Warm layered clothing
  • Rubber boots or waterproof shoes

What to bring:

  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Coffee mug