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.
If you are interested in training we
always suggest people come out for an initial visit to meet the team
and discuss volunteering in more detail. We do ask people to commit
to regular days each month so they can be added to the schedule and
we normally ask for a minimum commitment of 4 scheduled days each
month. That doesn't sound like much but the novelty can quickly go
out of banding when you have to set your alarm clock for 3.30 or
4.00 a.m. during the summer months to get to the banding station for
dawn on your weekends off!
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
processing, 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 safety and welfare of the birds we study 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 and Code of Ethics.
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 hummingbird feeders for our
hummingbird monitoring program.
Others help by
clearing and maintaining net lanes throughout the year.
are always needed to report bird sightings to the Centre's
database and to help with the monthly survey.
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
back to us or you can simply call to discuss volunteer
opportunities in more detail.
Tel: (604) 218-1191