Posted by Azim Raghavji on Aug 11, 2011
We had the honor of having Derek Matthews come and present to our club about the work of the Vancouver Avian Society.  More particularly the work that is taking place in Burnaby.  It was interesting to hear the process of the banding the birds and the seeing the diversity of birds that exist in our environment. 
The Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) was established in the spring of 2005, as an entirely volunteer operation, self-funded and managed on a day to day basis by Derek and Carol Matthews. Following the establishment of bird banding stations at Burnaby Lake and Grouse Mountain a need was identified to monitor breeding and migratory birds at Colony Farm Regional Park due to growing concerns regarding habitat loss and alteration in the park. Following the success of the 2009 study at Colony Farm, VARC was contracted by Metro Vancouver to undertake a comprehensive bird study to determine relative abundance of migratory and resident birds in two additional areas of the park.


For more information: Burnaby Lake Bird Banding Project


For more information about the Vancouver Avian Research Center: VARC

 Please enjoy the pictures of the day: