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
Bird Identification Workshop

Our NEW Bird Identification Workshop has been developed for birders who wish to take their bird knowledge and identification skills to the next level.

Building on the success of VARC’s present, highly popular workshop we have added four (4) further field trips to be held on the following four subsequent weekends. These 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 weekend course.

The 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 and with Yousif and Jason to lead ongoing field trips, identification of the more challenging groups such as shorebirds, raptors and gulls will also be tackled!

The course covers groups, topography, field marks, song, habitat, molt, ageing and more and includes a guided field session to the Colony Farm banding station. Although developed for beginner and intermediate birders the ornithological aspects of the course and ongoing field trips will benefit even the most experienced birders and the workshop is invaluable for birders traveling overseas.

This comprehensive course is structured over 2 days and consists of nine classroom sessions and one field trip. The classroom sessions cover many aspects of avian evolution, adaptation, morphology, taxonomy, identification, migration, and behaviour making it ideal for beginner and expert alike.

The field excursions extension consists of four customized group field trips to hone the skills acquired during the workshop.

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.

The cost is $250 per participant with a $50 reduction for students – $200.

The cost for the four (4) field trips extension is $100 (a birdnerd record card will be provided to log field trip sessions)

All course material is provided. Space is limited, so please be sure to book early!


See what others are saying about our Bird ID Workshop!

Workshop Testimonials

Things to bring and things to wear!

  • Warm clothing and footwear for the field sessions
  • Binoculars / Scopes / Camera
  • Water / snacks for field sessions

2020 course dates:

  • Stay tuned for 2020 workshop dates!


Classroom sessions: Google maps
BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology)
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5G 3H2, Canada

FWR classroom in building SW1 Room 2025

Field sessions: Google maps
Colony Farm Regional Park, Coquitlam, BC

Full course schedule – click here

To register for the workshop please complete and submit the registration form below:

Your Bird Identification Experience

Adult Rate ($250)

Field Trip Extension ($100)

Student Rate ($200)