Corporate sponsors – VARC has a considerable and respected profile in the Greater Vancouver Regional District and VARC members are regularly invited speakers to business groups (e.g., Rotary), naturalist groups (e.g., BC Nature, Greater Vancouver Zoo) and universities (e.g., UBC, SFU, UVI, UFV, BCIT, Kwantlen, Capilano). Our presentations and workshops are well known within the community and are used as a platform to educate and raise awareness of environmental issues and the importance of safeguarding habitat for breeding and migratory birds. All of these events offer promotional opportunities to give profile for corporate sponsors through VARC’s activities both at the banding station and in the wider public and business communities.
We are actively seeking sponsorship and funding to significantly increase the scope of the banding operation at the Colony Farm Station.
Our focus is to stimulate interest in wild birds and nature by using birds in the hand as teaching tools, to train volunteers and interns in association with university study programs and to educate the public and raise awareness of environmental issues particularly as they relate to birds.
We have a unique opportunity to achieve this by establishing a year round, professional banding operation to provide research, demonstration, education and volunteer opportunities, and visitor services in the heart of Vancouver’s major metropolitan area. All monies raised will go directly towards this goal.
We would like to thank several groups who have already provided their support:
- British Columbia Community Gaming Grants – VARC has been a continuing recipient of funding in supporting the delivery of community organization programs that benefit the citizens of BC through our public outreach and education programs.
- We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia
- Government of Canada Summer Jobs Program
- MetroVancouver Parks (MVP) – For their support and encouragement of the banding program and for the use of their classroom facility for our Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops.
- TD Friends of the Environment Foundation – For community environmental project funding to help upgrade facilities at the Colony Farm banding station to further evolve VARC’s Schools and Youth Program.
- FortisBC – FortisBC employees and the Warm Hearts Charitable Foundation for their generous support of VARC through the Warm Hearts program.
- Vancity Credit Union – The Board, Staff and Members of Vancity for a community grant to help with our evolving public outreach and education programs.
- Dick’s Lumber and Building Supplies – Dan Glavind and his staff for their generous donation of posts and building supplies for our Tree Swallow nest box monitoring and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) study program.
- Wild Birds Unlimited Vancouver – Owner Mark Eburne for his support of the work VARC is doing and for generously promoting our workshops and VARC’s bird monitoring activities with Birds Unlimited staff and customers.
- The Backyard Bird Centre – Owner Randy Solomon for his support of the work VARC is doing and for generously promoting our workshops and VARC’s bird monitoring activities with BBC staff and customers.
- British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) – Particularly Bob Gunn and the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program for the use of classroom facilities for our Bird Identification Workshops.
And to all the VARC Volunteers who have very generously given of their time and money.
The birds of the world are in serious trouble and common species are now in decline all around the globe. Migratory birds are suffering the most precipitous decline of any animal group on earth. Research and monitoring is essential to guide successful conservation and management actions and in addition to collecting data to safeguard habitat for birds, VARC conducts extensive public outreach and education to raise awareness of the many anthropogenic environmental challenges.
If you would like information on sponsorship opportunities please click on the ‘Get In Touch’ button above and to donate to Vancouver Avian Research Centre’s Bird Research and Banding Program please click on the donate button.