Vancouver Avian Research Centre

.....Research - Conservation - Education


"Banding Across Borders"

2015 Conference September 4th - 7th, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) is pleased to host the 2015 Western Bird Banding Association’s (WBBA) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from September 4th – 7th.

The meeting theme, Banding across Borders, signifies the power of partnerships across cultures and countries to leverage our collective expertise to affect bird science, conservation and land management. In addition to participants from Canada and the USA, we hope to see as many people as possible from our partner countries in Latin America.

The final conference schedule is now available and can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

       Final Conference Schedule

       Friday September 4th Schedule

       Saturday September 5th Schedule

       Sunday September 6th Schedule

       Monday September 7th Schedule


Couple of additional notes:

1) We will not be having a formal registration location but will be providing Registration Packages to people either at the Chelsea Inn Hotel, at my house on Friday evening or at the Scandinavian Centre Saturday lunchtime – if you are on a Field Trip Saturday morning please try to make it to my house for drinks so you can collect your info. If you cannot make that email us and we will send you the details.
2) Make sure you sign up for Field Trips – this is such a great way to see both Vancouver and the birds!! Please email me to sign up for these events – it is important for us to know numbers as accurately as possible so we can make sure you have a great time!
3) In terms of meals, I think it would be really beneficial for most of you to sign up for lunch on both Saturday and Sunday because the conference will be at the Scandinavian Centre and it will be the easiest option – we would also like to see more of you for dinner those evenings so please let me know if you wish to add these things.
4) If you are a student and cost is an issue, you may be eligible for a grant towards these costs – please email: to see if you qualify.
5) Please take special note of the workshop being put on by Rocky Point – they are asking for you input up front – please contact them directly.
6) Please bring items for the Silent Auction – anything bird or banding related would be great!

To Register please print and complete the Registration Form and submit to the email address or fax number on the form.

Please make your payment here:

For a map of the venues click here

Information about this year’s hosts….

The Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) was formally established by Derek & Carol Matthews in 2009. VARC is a registered Canadian charity and focuses on conducting year round bird monitoring, banding and research. In addition to research activities, VARC provides extensive public outreach and education programs to raise awareness of environmental issues particularly as they relate to breeding and migratory birds. VARC also offers Schools & Youth Programs, Family Days, Bird Identification Courses, Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops and provides speakers and experts for public events and media appearances.

VARC conducts its bird monitoring / banding and its public outreach in Colony Farm Regional Park (Park). Situated at the confluence of the Coquitlam and Fraser Rivers, the Park protects some of the most ecologically diverse lands in the Greater Vancouver area. The extensive old-field and riparian habitats within the Park represent high-value ecosystem features for resident and migrating birds. VARC operates up to 40 nets and traps and band four days each week during the main season (spring and fall migration and the breeding season).

More information on VARC and its operations can be found by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver and beautiful British Columbia!


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