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July 2018

Showcasing films from around the world at Science World’s Science Theatre [July 1 – August 26]

Science World will be offering a summer long series of bird films from around the world. Science World is one of Vancouver’s star attractions with easy access from the Vancouver Convention Centre and the downtown by skytrain, car or bicycle. Detailed Schedule

Talbot Kelly Bird Paintings [July 16 – August 17]

View the bird imagery by the late R.B. Talbot Kelly at the West End Community Centre. More information

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Bird of the Week

BC has 573 species of birds and many of these species can be found in and around Vancouver. Join us every week as we profile a new bird species for you to discover – expand your knowledge and understanding, learn to recognize each species’ amazing vocalizations and develop an appreciation for the fascinating role that birds play in enriching our lives and sustaining our planet. In the lead up to the Vancouver International Bird Festival in August 2018, let’s position…

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Bird of the Week

BC has 573 species of birds and many of these species can be found in and around Vancouver. Join us every week as we profile a new bird species for you to discover – expand your knowledge and understanding, learn to recognize each species’ amazing vocalizations and develop an appreciation for the fascinating role that birds play in enriching our lives and sustaining our planet. In the lead up to the Vancouver International Bird Festival in August 2018, let’s position…

August 2018

Birds of the 604 [August 1 – September 30]

From August 1 to September 30, Birds of the 604 and the Vancouver Bird Strategy will be on display at the VanDusen Botanical Garden. The exhibition created by students of Langara’s Design Formation program partnered with Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to illustrate bird friendly building and landscape design.

As the Crow Flies – Nesting Nests

Weave a bird’s nest during this free workshop with chART artists Jaymie Johnson and Cameron Cartiere. Your nest along with hundreds of others woven by community members will be used to create a large-scale, temporary sculpture called Nesting Nests, which will be installed on the Arbutus Greenway in August. As the Crow Flies is a series of community-engaged public art projects designed to bring creative connections to urban birds into the hands of Vancouver citizens. August 1 3:30 – 5:30…

Albatross are way cool

Learn about the albatross and its relatives with Ildiko Szabo, Assistant Curator, Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. You will get to see real albatross specimens of all sizes for a 4D experience of these ocean wanderers.

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Bird of the Week

BC has 573 species of birds and many of these species can be found in and around Vancouver. Join us every week as we profile a new bird species for you to discover – expand your knowledge and understanding, learn to recognize each species’ amazing vocalizations and develop an appreciation for the fascinating role that birds play in enriching our lives and sustaining our planet. In the lead up to the Vancouver International Bird Festival in August 2018, let’s position…

25th Anniversary Photo Exhibition

Enjoy walks along the scenic trails of the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats along Burrard Inlet, and come inside the Corrigan Nature House for activities and storytelling. Coast Salish Duck Stories with Dee & Iggy George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Miracle on the Mudflats children’s tales, and The Wise Owl stories, plus Children’s art-making; Native Plant Sale; Information tables; hot soup, fruit pies and Coast Salish teas.

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Bird of the Week

BC has 573 species of birds and many of these species can be found in and around Vancouver. Join us every week as we profile a new bird species for you to discover – expand your knowledge and understanding, learn to recognize each species’ amazing vocalizations and develop an appreciation for the fascinating role that birds play in enriching our lives and sustaining our planet. In the lead up to the Vancouver International Bird Festival in August 2018, let’s position…

Festival Preview at Vancouver Public Library

Join us for a preview of the many bird events that will be on offer over the coming week during the inaugural Vancouver International Bird Festival and the 27th International Ornithological Congress. Meet Vancouver’s Official City Bird , enjoy birds on stilts, presentations, exhibits, bird artists working with children, Unveiling of the Artist Cor Conservation Student Silent Skies and more!

Stanley Park Ecology Society [August 19-26]

    Stanley Park Ecology Society will be offering a host of activities during the festival please see their website for full details. More information

Stars of the Bird World Presentation: Rob Butler

Price: by donation ($10 suggested) Speaker: Dr. Rob Butler, Chair of the Vancouver International Bird Festival. Flyways to Culture: How birds give rise to a cultural awakening In Flyways to Culture, Rob Butler describes how the growing interest in birds in particular and nature in general, is a foundation for a new Nature Culture in which nature becomes embedded into a west coast culture.  

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10:00 am — 2:00 pm
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Bird Festival Day in North Vancouver

  Join the District of North Vancouver’s Environmental Protection staff at Cates Park for a fun, bird-tastic day! Participate in a number of family-friendly activities, including a scavenger hunt that will encourage you to explore the natural ecology of Cates Park. Learn how the District manages bird populations in the urban environment and how you can help!  

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Bird of the Week

BC has 573 species of birds and many of these species can be found in and around Vancouver. Join us every week as we profile a new bird species for you to discover – expand your knowledge and understanding, learn to recognize each species’ amazing vocalizations and develop an appreciation for the fascinating role that birds play in enriching our lives and sustaining our planet. In the lead up to the Vancouver International Bird Festival in August 2018, let’s position…

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Birds on Parade!

  In August, 2018, scientists and bird enthusiasts from around the world will be flocking to Vancouver for the 27th International Ornithological Congress, and First Annual Vancouver International Bird Festival. We’re planning to greet them with a grand opening parade along the seawall in Vancouver’s beautiful Coal Harbour. Birds on stilts! Bird puppets! Bird flags and Bird choruses, representing and celebrating local and migratory birds from our communities. The main body of the parade will be a Bird Stilt Chorus*:…

Kingfisher Summer Camp [August 20-24]

    In conjunction with the Vancouver International Bird Festival, we present an adventurous and creative summer camps designed for young bird lovers aged 7-13. Info:  https://kingfisheraugustcamp.eventbrite.ca

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10:00 am — 5:30 pm
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Bird Festival Day at Grouse Mountain

As part of the Vancouver International Bird Festival, the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife will be showcasing a variety of bird-focused demonstrations and activities – all included with your Mountain Admission ticket. More information Check the schedule to get a free shuttle from downtown

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Words Rising, Birds Rising – A Coast Salish Artists Residency [August 20-29]

The Vancouver Park Board, in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Centre and the Vancouver International Bird Festival, is inviting 3 artists, one each from Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh Nations to work onsite at the Roundhouse for two weeks as artists in residence. The focus of the project is to bring an Indigenous lens to understanding local birds. Coinciding with the 27th International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver August 19 – 29, 2018, the project offers an opportunity to build an…

Festival Opening Ceremony: Parade of Birds and a fanfare by the Vancouver Symphony Brass Quintet

The festival begins with a Parade of Birds and a fanfare by the Vancouver Symphony Brass Quintet, at the Opening Reception at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The fanfare “Gathering Flock” was composed by Frederick Schipizky. Enjoy a preview here:

New Canada Stamp Unveiling

Location: Terrace, Vancouver Convention Centre 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Time: 5pm

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As the Crow Flies [August 21-26]

  Keep your eyes open for As the Crow Flies, a community-engaged public art project that brings creative connections to urban birds directly into the hands of the citizens of Vancouver. As the Crow Flies is a 10-kilometer community public art project consisting of several artworks. With this project, the chART Fieldhouse team is taking a creative approach to highlighting the concerning loss of bird species and the real actions individuals can take to improve the odds for our feathered…

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Bird Festival Day at Museum of Vancouver

MOV and Nature Vancouver proudly present Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, an exhibition that delves into the life stories of local animals and plants—how they connect with each other and how people connect with nature in the city. See information

Little Mountain Improv: Birdstravaganza

Price: Tickets at the door $5 Join Little Mountain Improv as they celebrate the Vancouver International Bird Festival with a bird-themed comedy improvisation show! Come on out and give your best bird-themed suggestions to the group as they act out skits “on the fly” celebrating our quirky feathered friends.

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Artists for Conservation Show [August 22-25]

  Artists for Conservation will showcase some of the worlds best nature art at the Congress and Festival. Artists for Conservation has been engaged as the official visual arts partner to organize, curate and deliver all official programming related to visual arts, which includes AFC’s annual juried exhibit, a collaborative mural, artist demo and lecture series and an artist booth expo. AFC is theming its 10th annual festival for the purpose of supporting the Congress and Festival, and welcomes new members…

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Bird Festival Day at Science World

Science world have events throughout the summer but check our Bird Festival Day on August 22nd and see everything they have in store. Click here for full details  

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Artists for Conservation Opening Festival

Official opening of our partner, Artists for Conservation festival with art and environmental education, a world-class conservation themed art exhibit with leading international, and regional artists, films, live demos, music and cultural performances, and the show stopping Silent Skies mural. More information 

Return of the Hipster Birdwatcher

  Calling all closet birders and nature-curious to join Return of the Hipster Birder, a laid back nature walk as part of the first ever Vancouver International Bird Festival. EyeLoveBirds is hosting a bird walk around Lost Lagoon. A bird walk, if you haven’t been on one before, is quite literally a walk-in-the-park – but with the express purpose of observing birds. This walk will be targeting non-birders – that is people who like to get outdoors, enjoy nature but…

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7:00 pm — 10:00 pm
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North American Premiere of Bird of Prey Film

Bird of Prey Film Screening Science World, Vancouver International Bird Festival and Cornell University proudly present the North American premiere of Bird of Prey, an award-winning film about the world’s largest and rarest eagle. The Philippine Eagle is a bird of extremes. It is the world’s largest and rarest eagle, found only in the Philippines. Fewer than 800 individuals remain today, and the future of these iconic raptors – and of an untold number of other species – is tied…

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Winners of the photo contest will be announced [August 23-25]

The best 10 photos selected by the judges of the Pacific WildLife Foundation 2018 Bird Photo Contest will be on display at the Bird Expo. Festival goers to the Bird Expo can vote for their favourite three photos. Winning three photos take home cash prizes and all ten photos will be on display at Science World in September and October.

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Bird Festival Day at VanDusen Gardens

Budding Birders at VanDusen’s Bird Garden (Ages 4 – 10) VanDusen’s Backyard Bird Garden officially opened in March and has become quite a hub of bird activity since then! Drop by anytime between 10 am and 12 pm for a morning of hands-on activities to learn more about the birds that frequent VanDusen such as spotted towhees, barred owls, Anna’s hummingbirds and others. Grab a scavenger hunt when you arrive, then join us in the Bird Garden to guess what…

Nature & Bird Expo [August 23-25]

Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 12pm – 6pm Friday, August 24th, 12pm – 6 pm Saturday, August 25th, 10am – 6pm Location: Vancouver Convention Centre 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Tickets: Tickets go on sale July 20th The Bird Expo at the Vancouver International Bird Festival is the largest showcase of birds and nature in Canada. We have some fabulous exhibitors that are worth a visit just by themselves but when you add in the amazing speakers, the art,…

Science Tours

Get an in-depth view of science in action guided by university students from Simon Fraser University to the scientific posters, attendance at talks, opportunity to chat with ornithologists from around the world, and access to the Nature and Bird Expo. More information

Poets & Birds

MIGRATION SONGS Poetry & Ornithology Migration Songs brings together eleven powerful contemporary poets to consider an array of bird species. Each poet was put in conversation with a particular ornithologist or scientist to consider their chosen species collaboratively. The result is an extended “message sent to moving stars,” as participating poet and ornithologist Kurt Trzcinski writes. The poets involved include well-known west-coast authors, amongst them Governor General’s Award and Griffin Poetry Prize winners. Widely published and lauded, these poets have…

Unveiling of the Silent Skies Mural

Nature & Bird Expo, Vancouver Convention Centre West. A signature event of the week-long Artists for Conservation is the unveiling of the Silent Skies mural of the endangered birds of the world illustrated by artists from around the world. The Silent Skies Student Mural Project is a youth education project focused on conservation and the study of endangered species through art, research and community engagement. It specifically targets students in grades 3 through 7. The project builds directly on an…

Stars of the Bird World: Birds of Peace

Price: Tickets go on sale July 20th Speakers: Yossi Leshem, Alexandre Roulin and Mansour Abu Rashid will give their lively presentation Birds of Peace. Working on a collaborative bird research project, Leshem, Roulin and Abu Rashid describe how nations can overcome barriers and people can find common bonds. More information  

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Coast Salish Wild Birds, Cultural Adventure and Salmon Feast

Tickets: iocongress2018coastsalish.eventbrite.ca

Stewardship Roundatable 2018

The Stewardship Centre for BC and Bird Studies Canada, in collaboration with the 27th International Ornithological Congress (IOCongress 2018), the Vancouver International Bird Festival (VIBF 2018), and partners, is a forum and showcase of innovative practices championed in our province and beyond. More information and register

Stars of the Bird World Presentation: Purnima Barman

  Purnima Barman of the non-governmental organization, Aaranyak, rallied the people of Assam’s Brahmaputra valley to work to restore greater adjutant storks in India. She formed a grassroots women’s group known as the ‘Hargila Brigade’ to work with landowners to successfully reverse the trend of nesting storks. For her decade of effort, she was awarded the Whitley Prize in 2017 and in 2018 she was presented the Nari Shakti Purashkar Award, the most prestigious civilian accolade in India, by President…

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12th Osprey Festival

Welcome to the 12th Annual Osprey Festival taking place throughout the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats. We are very excited to bring together a community of nature lovers from around the corner and across Coast Salish Territory. The event will feature workshops, guided walks, various speakers, live music, children’s entertainment, and food. We encourage everyone to come out, as we hope to welcome many first-timers from local neighbourhoods around Burrard Inlet. This is an opportunity to co

Star of the Bird World : Jennifer Ackerman

Price: Tickets go on sale July 20th The Genius of Birds. Acclaimed science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman explores the intelligence of birds. Learn how birds make and use sophisticated tools, solve complex problems, navigate to places they’ve never been, demonstrate astonishing feats of memory, craft artistic creations, negotiate their social world, and communicate in ways that resemble language. The Genius of Birds, is an international bestseller and has been published in 20 languages. The book was named one of the ten…

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Birds and Yoga

Join us for a wonderful outdoor yoga practice with the North Shore Mountains as the back drop! From Eagles to crows, birds and nature have inspired yoga philosophies and practices for centuries. Join us for a one hour bird-inspired yoga class that will explore the bird, wildlife, and nature imagery and inspiration present in yoga. The class will be led by Ornithologist and Certified Yoga Instructor Kate Fremlin and Certified Yoga Instructor Tracy Groshak.  This class is suitable for all…

Dawn Chorus

  Each morning near sunrise during the breeding season of birds, the countryside awakes to the Dawn Chorus of bird songs. Experience the beauty and meaning of the chorus of birds with John Neville, a life-long birder who has produced 18 CD’s of bird song for education and pleasure. John has given hundreds of talks across Canada, the US and England to teach bird song, protect avian habitat and give listening pleasure to bird enthusiasts.  

Children’s Bird Festival Day

Join us at the Nature & Bird Expo for great interactive Children’s Programming. Discover the world of bugs and birds through crafts, educational activities and live exhibits. Make a bird puppet! Build your own birdhouse! Learn how to identify the birds in your garden by going on a Knowledge Treasure Hunt! Get your Bird Passport stamped at each booth and enter to win a prize. Learn to play the drums in our Drumming Circle! At 11 am watch a First…

Science Tours

Get an in-depth view of science in action guided by university students from Simon Fraser University to the scientific posters, attendance at talks, opportunity to chat with ornithologists from around the world, and access to the Nature and Bird Expo. More information

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As the Crow Flies

Keep your eyes open for As the Crow Flies, a community-engaged public art project that brings creative connections to urban birds directly into the hands of the citizens of Vancouver. As the Crow Flies is a 10-kilometer community public art project consisting of several artworks. With this project, the chART Fieldhouse team is taking a creative approach to highlighting the concerning loss of bird species and the real actions individuals can take to improve the odds for our feathered neighbours.…

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Closing Ceremony

Closing remarks from First Nations and officials, Heron Dance by the New Dance Centre, Saskatchewan.

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