There are many roles for both
trained and untrained volunteers at the Vancouver Avian Research
Centre and getting involved is simple. All you need is enthusiasm,
some time and a willingness to learn and work with others.
The Vancouver Avian Research Centre
(VARC) has developed a structured, graduated training program for
volunteers who want to assist at the banding station.
Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops
Bird Identification Workshops provide the
technical foundations for volunteers wishing to assist with the
banding program or weekly bird census.
For those wishing to handle birds at the banding station VARC has
developed a graduated Volunteer Level Assessment training program
which includes net extraction training and ongoing development of
ageing and sexing skills.
The purpose of the training program is to ensure that all visitors
and volunteers are fully trained and evaluated before handling birds
and that the welfare of the birds is always the top priority.
Any visitors or volunteers who wish to help at the banding station
should consult the Volunteer Levels Assessment document below in
addition to the Banding Station Protocol.
Volunteer Levels Assessment
Banding Station Protocol
Code of Ethics
There are a variety of tasks that
require the support of dedicated volunteers that don't require any
special skills or knowledge.
Each spring and
fall VARC needs able bodied volunteers to help clear net lanes
in preparation for migration banding.
help by regularly filling the feeders and traps during the
winter banding program.
Others help by
clearing and maintaining net lanes throughout the year
carpentry skills are particularly welcome as we evolve the sites
adding boardwalks and basic infrastructure.
are always needed to report bird sightings to the Centre's
are always welcome in order to help us build our photographic
library for both education and research projects.
provide moral support and coffee and tea!
interests you please complete the volunteer sign-up sheet below
indicating the areas you are interested in helping in.
Volunteer sign up form
This can be emailed
or faxed back to us or simply call to discuss volunteer
opportunities in more detail.
Fax: (604) 985-0887
Tel: (604) 218-1191