The 17th season of the British Columbia Coastal Waterbird Survey begins on September 13, and we have several vacant sites in Vancouver, Tofino, and Ucluelet. This long-term monitoring program helps identify population and distribution changes in overwintering waterbirds. Volunteers conduct counts of ducks, loons, grebes, gulls, and other waterbirds on the second Sunday of each month throughout the winter. We welcome all our new and returning volunteers, and hope you enjoy the surveys!
Bird Studies Canada is also seeking volunteers to assist with a new bird-window collision monitoring project in downtown Vancouver. Surveys will be conducted in September and October, and involve walking along a route just after dawn for about 20 minutes to look for evidence of collisions at various buildings. The results will help our scientists assess mortality rates, identify vulnerable species, and understand the impacts of collisions in Vancouver.
To learn more about or volunteer for either of these projects, please contact Karen Devitt at BCvolunteer@birdscanada.org or 1-877-349-2473.