About Us

Welcome to the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) website!

VARC is a Registered Canadian Charity (#82118 2656 RR0001) dedicated to wild bird research, conservation and education. VARC conducts bird monitoring and banding, provides research, demonstration, education, volunteer opportunities, and visitor programs at its main Colony Farm field station. VARC’s primary objective is to provide data and research support that will allow for the safeguarding of bird habitats to ensure their long-term survival by providing scientifically defensible strategies for avian and ecosystem conservation.

VARC’s mandate has two key components:

  1. To provide data and research support to safeguard habitat for birds
  2. To provide public outreach and education to raise awareness of environmental issues as they relate to birds

Research and monitoring is essential to guide successful conservation and management actions. In addition to collecting data to safeguard habitat for birds, VARC conducts extensive public outreach and education to raise awareness of environmental issues as they relate to birds.

We do that through workshops, presentations, public events and visitor programs which include schools and youth programs and VARC family days – the focus of all of these events is to raise the level of awareness through hands on interaction with wild birds.