If you haven’t seen the heron colony in Stanley Park, it is well worth a visit. There are other city birds worth tweeting about too. Some of them are listed in this announcement of the recently launched City Bird Campaign in the Greenest City newsletter.
Stanley Park is home to one of North America’s largest urban heron colonies. According to the Stanley Park Ecology Society, last year the heron colony had 116 nests and produced 131 fledglings. Herons have been nesting in the park since at least 1921. Now, you have access to a bird’s eye view of the Pacific Great Blue Heron nests with Vancouver Park Board’s new webcam. Watch as the long-legged herons go about their daily lives — courting, mating, laying eggs and hatching in early April. You can even ask an expert about the birds on Twitter at #herontalk. Meet the candidates that are competing for the title of City Bird 2016 and cast your vote. Follow the birds on Twitter and tweet them with your questions or words of support with the hashtag #VanCityBird.
- Barn Owl: @heyitsbarnowl
- Barn Swallow: @thebarnswallow
- Peregrine Falcon: @vanperegrine
- Western Grebe @westerngrebe
Bird Week is May 2-9. Keep an eye out for how you can participate in great birding events planned in Vancouver. If you want to help with the campaign and lend your bird photos, fan art, Photoshop skills, or tweet suggestions, please email us.
This initiative supports one of the City’s Greenest City goals: ACCESS TO NATURE