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Bird is the word in Vancouver starting this weekend

All things avian celebrated at Vancouver Bird Week events May 11 to 17
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Vancouver Bird Week will take off Saturday, May 11 with a parade in Stanley Park, similar to the parade at last year's Vancouver International Bird Festival. File photo Martha Perkins

Vancouver will celebrate its feathered friends with a week-long series of events starting this weekend.

Stanley Park Ecology Society will kick off Vancouver Bird Week Saturday, May 11 with a colourful bird parade along Lost Lagoon.

“Vancouver is fortunate to be on the doorstep of Canada’s premier birding hot spot and the abundance of birds was cause to celebrate,” Dr. Rob Butler, chair of the Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee, said in a news release. “Bird Week is our way of helping everyone become more aware of birds around the city.”

There are more than 250 species of birds in Vancouver, and Bird Week events aim to get residents better aquatinted with them. Events include bird “language” training, a hawk and owl show, a bird photography workshop, a wing taxidermy workshop and a hipster bird walk. Check out the full calendar of events at vancouverbirdweek.ca/events-2019.

Coordinated by the Stanley Park Ecology Society and run by the advisory committee, the inaugural Vancouver Bird Week took flight in 2014, inspired by World Migratory Bird Day, a United Nations-sponsored initiative that highlights the importance of birds as key indicators of the health of the environment.

Saturday’s kick-off event starts at noon at Stanley Park Nature House with drop-in activities, including bird-themed crafts, backyard birding tips and a feathery photo wall, there and at Lost Lagoon.

The parade starts above Stanley Park Nature House at 3 p.m.

For more information visit vancouverbirdweek.ca.

@JessicaEKerr

jkerr@vancourier.com