Get ready to celebrate all things avian! Vancouver Bird Celebration (formerly Vancouver Bird Week) is back for its 10th anniversary from May 8-16. While we all may be sticking close to home, spring migration is bringing our favourite seasonal visitors to BC.

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Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird

Learn about all things birds through webinars, workshops, talks, and other activities led by bird enthusiasts across the region. No matter your experience level – from long-time bird lover, to casually curious – there is sure to be something for you to enjoy! 

Vancouver Bird Celebration runs from Saturday, May 8th to Sunday, May 16th

Everything kicks off on Saturday with a live stream from the official Migratory Bird Day Event with a virtual tour of the Pacific Flyway starting at 9:15 am Pacific Time. Explore Panama to Alaska with guest speakers, including a local stopover at the Important Bird Area (and BC Bird Trail location!) of the Fraser Valley Estuary, presented by James Casey of Birds Canada.

With many of the sessions online, you can take part from anywhere and expand your birding knowledge and love of birds! Check out their full schedule online, reserve your spot, and expand your birding horizons!

Learn about birds of prey with O.W.L.’s Zoom presentation. Photo by Pete Nuij.

Here’s a sample of some must-attend events:

Inspired by Birds, a panel exploring how inspiration from birds can take many different forms with Stanley Park Ecology Society

Meet BC Birds of Prey with O.W.L. (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehabilitation Society

Celebrating Birds of the Fraser River Basin with ornithologist, author, filmmaker, and artist Dr. Rob Butler, hosted by Fraser River Discovery Centre

Don’t forget to enter their creative contest to help celebrate Migratory Bird Day! Submissions need to be in by May 10th. Head to their website for more details on how to enter.

Please be aware that travel restrictions are currently in effect all over BC. Until further notice based on direction from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all non-essential travel to and within BC should be avoided. Explore only your local trails and birding locations. Be mindful of the protocols put in place by local businesses.⁠

For more information about the latest provincial health orders, visit