The International Ornithological Congress (IOC) and inaugural Vancouver International Bird Festival (VIBF) took place the week of August 20th, 2018.
It was an exciting week packed with events offering workshops, presentations, tours, exhibitions and lectures.
Although the IOC is unlikely to be held in Vancouver again, the VIBF will be an annual event in August to celebrate birds and nature in Vancouver!
The opening ceremony included the Birds on Parade Stilt Walkers and First Nations drummers and dancers:
Canada Post also got in on the act with a series of bird stamps to celebrate the Festival and August as Bird Month in Vancouver!
I put together the ‘Program at a Glance’ poster with the Community Theater Schedule and Daily Events Schedule for the Convention Centre.
The VARC booth looked great manned by VARC volunteers during the expo.
One of the highlights of the entire week was the combination of art, music and birds not only at the Convention Centre but at community events around the city which really made for a cosmopolitan event with visitors from around the world!
Artists for Conservation did an amazing job which culminated in the unveiling of Silent Skies, their 100 foot mural of 678 of the worlds’ endangered bird species!
Based on the success of the Festival, work has already started for the VIBF August 2019 so stay tuned for more information!