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Vancouver celebrates birds of the city with banner

(Courtesy Vancouver Park Board)

Vancouver taking steps to celebrate our feathered friends ahead of World Migratory Bird Day

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Ahead of, and to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on May 12th, the Vancouver Park Board is putting a special banner to mark the importance of the animal.

Designed by local designers at Banquet Design, “The Birds of False Creek” banner shows off native birds found around the waterway including: Vancouver’s official city bird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Canada goose, Great Blue Heron, Horned Grebe, and several others.

It will be put up on the Granville Street Bridge.

“Birds are a vital component of biodiversity in Vancouver,” says Chair Stuart Mackinnon. “From feeding on insect pests and filling our neighbourhoods with their melodic songs, birds are also a barometer of the ecological health of our city.”

The banner will also be welcoming delegates and visitors coming to the region for the International Ornithological Conference and the Vancouver International Bird Festival in August.

According to Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada, False Creek, English Bay, and the Burrard Inlet are considered “important bird areas.”

The areas also used by governments to assess the impacts and to set guidelines for proposed development projects.

To celebrate the day, free all-ages walking tours are being offered across Vancouver.

  • The Sanctuary in Hastings Park, 7 -9 am or 9 -11 am
  • Trout Lake, 8 -10 am
  • Queen Elizabeth Park, 9 – 11 am
  • Musqueam Park, 9 -11 am
  • Jericho Beach Park, 9 -11 am
  • Stanley Park, 11 am – 1 pm


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