University of British Columbia (UBC)
In 2020 VARC participated in an Advanced Topics in Conservation Biology graduate course in the Department of Biology at the University of British Columbia. VARC supplied a 9-year data set from our banding operations at Colony Farm Regional Park and helped a small group of students interpret, analyze, and present the first robust statistical assessment of changes in bird capture patterns at Colony Farm. In addition to their focus on scientific analysis, the graduate student team also offered insights into improving VARC’s social media presence, supporting VARC’s development of materials for our schools program, and thoughts on the development of fund-raising materials. VARC is currently collaborating with the student team to develop a series of peer-reviewed publications based on their analysis and research.
For more information on this project please read our project report.