New VIRTUAL Bird Identification Workshop!
World class! 10! Exhausting in a good way – I’m full and will be ruminating on this for a long time! Ruth Foster - Burke Mountain Naturalists
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VanDusen Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that it will co-host a VIRTUAL BIRD IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP with the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) for birders who wish to take their bird knowledge and identification skills to the next level!
This comprehensive course designed for beginner and intermediate birders will contain all of the content of VARC’s renowned Classic Bird ID workshop (see course content below) and consists of nine classroom sessions structured over 4 Tuesday evenings (May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) from 6.30-8.30pm
Guided field sessions will be offered by Van Dusen after the workshop subject to Covid restrictions.
VIRTUAL Bird ID Workshop
This amazing workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate birders who may wish to participate in citizen science programs like the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) or who just want to take their bird knowledge and identification skills to the next level. Although developed for beginner and intermediate birders the ornithological aspects of the course are also highly beneficial for even the most experienced birders or for birders traveling overseas.
This comprehensive course is structured over 4 Tuesday evenings (May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) from 6.30-8.30pm and consists of nine classroom sessions.
The classroom sessions (see full course schedule below) cover many aspects of avian evolution, adaptation, morphology, taxonomy, identification, migration, and behaviour making it ideal for beginner and expert alike. Identification of the more challenging groups such as shorebirds, raptors and gulls will also be tackled but, most of all, the workshop is designed to be a fun and interesting experience and a way to take your birding skills to the next level.
Guided field sessions will be offered by Van Dusen after the workshop subject to Covid restrictions. The field trips will be led by locally recognized bird ID experts, who will help participants build on the skills they have learned during the initial course.
Highlights of Workshop
- Your own bird identification manual with lessons
- Comprehensive coverage of groups, topography, field marks, song, habitat, molt, ageing and more!
- Guided field sessions to Van Dusen Botanical Gardens (subject to Covid restrictions)