Vancouver Avian Research
Centre Research Programs:
Millions of birds of hundreds of species migrate between
breeding areas in temperate North America and wintering
areas at more southerly latitudes. These birds undertake
numerous flights in their travels between breeding and
wintering grounds, and require adequate stopover areas in
order to rest and refuel between migratory flights.
At Vancouver Avian Research Centre our primary research
focuses on studying landbirds during these temporal breaks
in migration. Information from our migration monitoring
operations can be used to examine the timing of migration of
various species, migration patterns between age and sex
classes within species, rates of energetic condition change
during stopover, and other questions regarding stopover
To ensure long-term consistency in data collection, we
strictly follow our migration monitoring protocols.
In addition to our long-term migration monitoring operations
we conduct numerous smaller research projects. Our summer
banding operation monitors vital rates and population
dynamics of breeding birds in our banding stations while our
winter program collects data on overwintering species.
We actively encourage avian research students to visit our
stations to collect data for their research projects.