VARC operates with a wide open door policy regarding public visitation but due to the number of individual and group visits we ask that all visits be scheduled in advance. This is also to address potential liability issues in the area in which we are banding. Large group visits are typically scheduled well in advance.
When visiting the station visitors are invited to observe the banding, ask questions and take photographs and hold and release birds under the close supervision of the Bander-in-charge.
Visitors are not permitted to walk the net lanes, unless invited and attended by the station Bander-in-charge. Visitors often are invited to walk the net lanes during net checks, but only on a case by case basis, depending on the volume of birds being processed, the number of visitors, and weather conditions. The safety and welfare of every bird is always our top priority at all times.
Please keep in mind that the station is operational on weekends and selected weekdays from April 1st – October 31st and at weekends only during the winter months (November – March).
Full details of site visits and our visitor programs can be found on the Visitor Program link.
To arrange a site visit please click on the Get In Touch link.
“Hello Derek – Just wanted to send a note of thanks to you and all your team for a great visit to the banding station! Feedback from our members was very positive and one person even suggested that we should make it an annual event. We learned a lot about the issues and causes of decreasing bird populations as well as a few suggestions for helping birds find habitat, no matter even if it’s a small backyard! We really enjoyed the visits to the nets to see how the process works and how careful everyone was in handling the birds. And, of course, we loved the close-up views of our favourite songbirds! Couldn’t ask for more to make a birder’s day! When do you take bookings for next year?
Thanks very much!”
Lori Austin – Burke Mountain Naturalists