Welcome to the VIU Bird Banding Project

buweCanada‚Äôs bird populations have been declining since the 1970’s. With nearly 50% of bird species in Canada experiencing population declines, conservation of these species requires information local, regional and international levels.

The main objective of this project is to conduct a bird monitoring and banding program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Specifically, this project aims to:

  1. monitor migrant and resident birds to contribute to regional and continent-wide efforts to monitor changes in population levels of these species;
  2. provide practical educational and training opportunities for VIU students through regular courses, directed studies and research project opportunities; and,
  3. conduct public demonstrations where people of all ages can learn about bird identification, ecology, evolution and conservation.

The VIU Bird Banding project has operated with student, staff and community volunteers since 2013. If you would like to volunteer or obtain more information, please email eric.demers@viu.ca.