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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
M Vooys Abbotsford Anytime English, Dutch
I live in the Fraser Valley, an hour east of Vancouver. Great birding at Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Iona Island and Boundary Bay. I have been birding since 2000 and have birded over much of the USA and Canada. I am aiming to see 700 ABA birds by 2012.
D Koenig Chilliwack Anytime English
Retired teacher living 100 km east of Vancouver. Fraser River Valley great for birding especially Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, raptors. Mountains and lakes nearby. I can take you hiking, biking or kayaking to see birds.
P Lynch Creston Anytime English
Creston is home to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, a 6,800 hectare (17,000 acre) expanse of wetland, grassland, woodland, and lower mountain slopes. The management area is a RAMSAR site recognizing its importance as a wetland. There is a wildlife interpretation centre which is open during the summer months and many kilometres of trails open year around. Not far away is Duck Lake. A short drive is the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge near Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Outside of the wildlife management area the valley has agriculture land which is also excellent birding during most of the year. The Creston Valley is also known as the Valley of the Swans. Each spring hundreds, to even thousands of swans, arrive during their migration north. About 300 species have been recorded in the local area. I have called them Creston valley home for about forty years and always been watching the birds. Other interests include hiking, photography, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking as well just about anything outdoors. The area around Creston abounds with opportunities for self-propelled recreation. In another life I taught ornithology, managed peregrine falcon recovery monitoring programmes, conducted fire effects monitoring programmes for birds, vegetation, small mammals and some charismatic species too.

A Murray Delta Anytime English, some French
Author of A Nature Guide to Boundary Bay. Keen birder, live near Boundary Bay, Fraser River Estuary, major Important Bird Area in Canada. Knowledge of many birding areas in BC.
T Mitra Delta Weekends English, Bengali
I live a half hour away from Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. I am a Delta Naturalist Casual Birding member.
R Rutledge Duncan, Vancouver Island Anytime English, French
I live on Vancouver Island, one hr. North of Victoria and 10 mins. from Somenos Marsh. For Raptor lovers we have a Raptor exhibit 10 mins. away as well. There are many sites to visit for water birds and woodlands birds as well.
R Lawson Duncan, Vancouver Island Anytime English
Half way between Victoria and Nanaimo on the very natural Vancouver Island (NOT Vancouver). Willing to travel up and down south east Island - some international experience but just moved here late 2011, so not a local expert - but active as a birder.
A van Woerden Fraser Valley Anytime English
G Dreger Kamloops Anytime English
I am very knowledgeable about the rural areas near Kamloops. I enjoy wildlife photography and am involved with the birding atlas of BC. The area is forested uplands and grasslands with waterfowl, raptors and many songbirds.
D Chapman Kamloops Weekend English
Fairly avid birder willing to share the local knowledge gained over the last few years.

M Klotz Langley, B.C. Weekends and Evenings English, minor Spanish
I am 40 something with a large love of birding and nature in general.

I am very familiar with all the areas in Vancouver and surrounding area and would be interested in taking folks out for a half day.
All of Greater Vancouver

Area Birds:
Pacific Coast Specialties.
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, fishing

L Redford Likely Anytime English

P Whalen Nakusp, British Columbia Anytime, April through September. English and French
Nice easy stroll in the early morning. I'm a photographer so bring your camera as well as binoculars. I have spare bins and scopes.

Level of expertise is intermediate.
Summit Lake and Upper Arrow Lake

Area Birds:
Ospreys, Bald Eagles, song birds, flycatchers and a few warblers.
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies. Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, long walk, cruise. Sports: golf, fishing. Other interests: Travelling.
G Davidson Nakusp Anytime English
Nakusp is a small town in rural British Columbia on the shores of Arrow Lake. May and June are the best times to visit, August and September also quite good.
D Sly Nelson Anytime English, some French, German
Amateur birder who keeps in touch. Does the bird counts.
L Wyman New Westminster Anytime English
I am a very amateur birder, although I am keen to learn more. I work random hours, so could be able to go out during the week or weekend. The Lazuli bunting is one of my favorite finds at Colony Farm.


  B Denham Parksville (Central Vancouver Island) Anytime English
  I’m a long-time birder with moderate birding skills. I love going out to see what I can find and I don’t focus on locating rare birds. I probably enjoy the natural areas I go to as much as the birds themselves. Area:
Some of the best spots in our area are the Englishman River Estuary, the Little Qualicum River Estuary, Columbia Beach, and Springwood Park. It does depend a lot on the season. July and August are very quiet for birding, and like everywhere else, April and May are the best months.

Area Birds:
Some of the birds you are likely to see here (dependent of course on the season) are: Bald Eagle, Bufflehead, Brant, Common Mergansers, Purple Finch, Cedar Waxwings
Nature: Birding, photography, cycling
Travel: Car

G Roy Pender Island Anytime English, French
Located in the Gulf islands in southern British Columbia. Noted for seabirds, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Ducks etc.
S McRuer Port Alberni Anytime English
I have birded on Vancouver Island for 30 years and know most of it. Being located centrally in Port Alberni I know good birding spots both in the Tofino-Ucluelet area and the area North of Nanaimo, as well as the area around Port Alberni.
W Brick Port Alberni Anytime English
J Plante Port Hardy, Vancouver Island Anytime English
West coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Bald eagles, great blue herons, hawks, sea birds, hummingbirds, songbirds (wrens), etc. I have been chasing birds with a camera for a looong time.
A Clements Powell River Anytime English, some Spanish
We live in a rural area north of Vancouver on the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia. It is a wonderful birding area with many indigenous birds. It is especially rich in winter waterbirds. We are serious birders who have birded in Europe, Australia, Japan, Central and South America and throughout North America. We are members of our local naturalist club so we know many local birders.
K Jochim Quesnel Anytime English, German, Latin
Good birding especially in spring.


  J Hudson Richmond Anytime English
  I have worked for 20 years as a field technician in ornithological research projects in B.C., U.S., Ireland and U.K. I have been studying and enjoying bird behaviour, and teaching and leading people new to birds in the Vancouver area for 10 years. I've led several Pals in the past.

I have a relaxed approach to birding and teaching, and emphasize awareness and connection with our environment.
West Dyke Trail, Terra Nova, Iona Regional Park, Reifel Bird Sancturary

Area Birds:
booming bitterns, flashy warblers orioles and tanagers, raptors and rarities

birdwatching, photography, butterflies, walking, hiking, music.

V Knap Richmond Anytime English, Czek, Russian
J Hodges Roberts Creek Anytime English
I have been birding here for 5 years and know the hotspots on the Sunshine Coast. Mission Point, which is about 10 minutes away, is a good spot to find Rock Sandpiper in the winter. Roberts Creek is on the Sunshine Coast a 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver.
L Rockwell Summerland Anytime English
Birding seriously since 1973. Trout Creek Ecological Reserve warden since 1992. Studying a population of Gray Flycatchers since 1990. Contributing nest records to the BC Nest Record Scheme since 1980. Conduct a Birding For Beginners course for a local college and Parks and Recreation department. The Summerland area is approximately 50 km from Kelowna to the north and 15km from Penticton in the south. It is an area of dry forest and agriculture. Water birding is confined to the shores of Okanagan Lake,primarily during migration and the winter. Species in this area that may be of interest are: Gray Flycatcher, Red-breasted, Pygmy and White-breasted Nuthatchs, Western Bluebird, Rock Wren, White-throated Swift, Western Tanager, Clarke's Nutcracker and Cassin's Finch. Summerland is about an hours drive from exotics like Yellow-breasted Chat, Brewer's Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Chukar, Gray Partridge, Mountain Bluebird, Bobolink, Canyon Wren and Williamson's Sapsucker.
Although I am unable to accompany you on such long outings, I can still guide you to resources and areas over coffee.


G Pugh Surrey, British Columbia Most days (dependent on other committments) English
Local birder who enjoys making new contacts and showing visitors around the varied habitats of the Lower Mainland. Area:

Area Birds:
Any birds that are generally found in the area
Nature: birdwatching

J Gordon Surrey/Langley, BC Anytime English
Former Photojournalist who has had a lifetime interest in nature and has been birding regularly since 2009. I have birded with BirdPals in the UK and across Canada with great success. Although more geared toward bird photography outings I am also a birder and enjoy learning from other birders who may teach me a thing or two. Area:
Vancouver/Boundary Bay/Fraser Valley

Area Birds:
Short-eared Owls, American Tree Sparrow, Bald Eagle and other seasonal species.
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, bird photography,
G Carlson Surrey/Vancouver Anytime English, some Swedish, French
I'm a professional biologist, who lives near the SW Coast of British Columbia, within driving distance to the rain forests and to the Boundary Bay IBA marine area and Reifel Bird Sanctuary.
J Bell Terrace Anytime English
Terrace is a couple hours south of the alaskan panhandle and part of the Pacific Flyway. A variety of songbirds stay here to breed, and we are only a 30 minute drive from the Kitimat River Estuary which is a major attraction to both breeding and migrating waterfowl. Terrace is an ideal staging point for birders as we are located in the middle of various converging habitats: coastal wetlands, rugged mountains, subalpine, old growth conifers and deciduous flats are all close by. A day's travel northward will take you to the Boreal region. In Prince Rupert you can take the Ferry to the Queen Charlotte Islands to see magnificent sea birds, and thereare adventure tours in Prince Rupert that offer birding, wild grizzly bear watching and world class fishing.


  Z Fedder Vancouver Weekends English, French
  I just graduated university in Ontario and I am now back in Vancouver. I've been birding in Vancouver since 2009, spoiled by the rich West Coast bird diversity. I do most of my birding locally but I am also open to longer expeditions into the local mountains or to hotspots around the Lower Mainland. Area:
Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks, Iona Beach Regional Park, Boundary Bay

Area Birds:
Waterfowl, migrants, and resident species
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, bus, car, biking, long walk, backpack
Visit: tourist site, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, architecture appreciation, shop, fashion, tech
Attend: concert, ballet, theatre, sports event, convention, competition
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, wine, beer, liquor
Play: cards, sports, boardgames, billiards, chess, scrambled letters games, lawn games, water sports, computer games


  I Burgess Vancouver Anytime English
  I would be delighted to host visiting birders. Originally from Montreal, I have lived in Vancouver for almost 40 years. I know most of the good sites in and around Metro Vancouver.

I am able to show where the local rarities can be found. I enjoy meeting other birders from across the country and round the world.
Iona, Queen Elizabeth Park, Jericho Park, UBC, Boundary Bay, Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Pitt Meadows

Area Birds:
Nature: birdwatching

M Habdas Vancouver Anytime English
I am an computer and photography instructor with the Vancouver School Board and an active member of the Vancouver Natural History Society birding section. Visit my website at
E Yoa Vancouver Weekend English, Japanese, Cantoneese
I'm fairly new to birding, but have become gradually better at identifying the birds common the the area through photography. I love photographing them. I also enjoy visiting a pair of bald eagles that have a nest nearby on the weekends.
C Knox Vancouver Anytime English
D Matthews Vancouver Anytime English
I am a Master bird bander (ringer) and birder in the Vancouver, BC, Canada area.
B Self Vancouver Anytime English
British by birth, I have birded North America for over 40 years and have travelled extensively to bird. The Vancouver checklist has over 400 species and the area is good at almost any time of the year. We are a shorebird mecca in Spring and Fall migration.
M Boyd Vancouver Weekends English, some Spanish
P Kelly Vancouver Weekend French, German, English, Written Arabic, Turkish
While I would be delighted to host visiting birders, I would need plenty of prior notice, would be unavailable between March and June inclusive and would be limited to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland (where I have almost thirty years birding experience), since I have a busy accounting practice.
E Padilla Vancouver Weekend English, Filipino
I like to see and identify lots of birds in Vancouver.
E Carol Vancouver Weekend English, some French
The Lower Mainland of BC is an amazing place to live for a birder. I am an "amateur intermediate" birder.
L Conti Vancouver Weekend English
I live in East Vancouver. I frequent John Hendry Park quite a lot. I bird with my dog who has become rather patient with my hobby. I enjoy the challenge of listening and tracking down the location of the bird.
W Glavind Vancouver (Summer only) Anytime English, some Spanish
Our winter residence is in Mazatlan, Mexico. Wally.
K La Plante Vancouver (West) Anytime English
J Gazte Vancouver Anytime Basque, Spanish, Intermediate English
I am a birder coming from Europe and I know most of the European birds. I arrived in BC one month ago and I would like to know more about birds as well as all wildlife here! I am interested in visiting different ecosystems as Fraser River (Bald Eagle), Okanagan Desert (Gold Eagle), Vancouver Island, etc.I have a good telescope, binoculars and the Sibley's Guide. I could meet any time on weekends and from 12am on weekdays.
L Lee Vancouver (West) Anytime English
Avid birder and certified bird bander. Experience Northwestern birds up close by coming out and visiting our banding station. Lots of knowledge about our birding hotspots, bird calls and songs in the Lower Mainland.

J Cadieux Victoria, BC weekends English
I specialize in showing beginners what easy fun birding can be from the perspective of my work as a Parks Canada naturalist and park warden. Area:
Uplands Park, Mt Tolmie Park, Swan Lake Park, Beacon Hill Park

Area Birds:
Nesting: Great blue herons, Bald Eagles, Coopers Hawks, spotted Towhee
Nature: birdwatching, photography, fishing, swimming, beach, walking, hiking, bus, biking, long walk, ship, cruise, Visit: museum, restaurant, arboretum, architecture appreciation, Attend: concert,environmental/climate rally, Participate: rock, classical, social gatherings,

G Hart Victoria, British Columbia Anytime English
My wife and I recently retired and I now have more time for birding. I have lived and birded in several areas of coastal BC over the past 45 years and am familiar with all the local birding hot spots.

I also carry a camera everywhere taking pictures of natural history subjects.
anywhere on southern Vancouver Island

Area Birds:
Sky Lark; western species: varied Thrush, Pacific Wren, Spotted Towhee, owls
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies & moths, dragonflies. Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, biking, long walk, Attend: concert: live music,folk roots & blues.

G O'Neill Victoria Anytime English, French
E Pellizzon Victoria Anytime English
I have been birding for 12 years and know some of the best spots for birds in my area.
J Gatten Victoria Weekend English
Victoria is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and offers a nice slice of Pacific Northwest birding. The main draw of the area, from a ABA birding standpoint, is the Sky Larks that have been established here for over a century.
C Prior Victoria Anytime English
I live in a city which is well placed for both Spring and Fall migrants as well as coastal species. I have lived in the U.K., Australia as well as the last 30 years in Canada. Most winters I travel extensively to wildlife reserves around the world.
J Cuomo Victoria Anytime English
There are a bunch of good birding spots near Victoria. I know of 3 spots to find Barred Owls, along with Great Horned Owls depending on the time of year. Eagles, Oyster Catchers, and other seasonal migrants all depend on what time of year your around.
S Lindenberger White Rock, Vancouver Anytime English, German, Hebrew, Spanish
We have some really fine birding areas near us, both in BC and we're right on the Washington border, so that's within reach.
M Cuthbert White Rock Anytime English
Naturalist and conservation volunteer near Vancouver BC and the Fraser River Estuary, top rated Important Bird Area in Canada and designated Site of Hemispheric Importance.

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First Last Name Area Available Language

Thomas Plath Richmond, British Columbia, Canada Anytime English, basic German
Visitors will learn a lot and have fun.

I've been a wildlife biologist for the past 25 years, a Registered Professional Biologist for 13 years and considered an expert on birds in British Columbia.

My love for natural history began early (1970) and as a teen had participated on numerous bird inventory projects. Enthusiastically sharing my passion with others, I was given the VNHS (Nature Vancouver) Garibaldi Award for outstanding service in 1993.

I'm a provincially recognized wildlife specialist on birds and have been used as an expert witness for all Species at Risk in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia. My expertise has often used by various levels of government and the private sector, including Canadian Wildlife Service, Transport Canada, Ministry of Environment, BC Conservation Data Centre, regional districts, and non-government conservation organizations (e.g. The Nature Trust, The Land Conservancy), and several consulting companies.

I enjoy passing my knowledge to others and have led over 140 bird watching field trips both locally and abroad for many natural history groups; organized and conducted ornithology workshops for non-government and government agencies; and taught courses on identification, biology and behavior of birds at Capilano College, for the Vancouver School Board and Vancouver Community College.

In 2010 I created Satipo Tours and now lead birding trips worldwide.
Boundary Bay, Iona Island, Reifel Bird Sanctuary, White Rock Pier

Area Birds:
Sooty Grouse, Gyrfalcon, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ancient Murrelet, Thayer's Gull
A Dorst Tofino Anytime English
Adrian Dorst first arrived in Tofino in 1972 to conduct bird surveys in the newly-established Pacific Rim National Park for Canadian Wildlife Service. That summer job turned into full time residency with Adrian supporting himself with occasional bird surveys, a variety of short-term jobs, wood carving and freelance nature and wilderness photography. In 1976 he co-authored the book, Birds of Pacific Rim National Park, and in 1990 had his first photographic book, Clayoquot, On the Wild Side, published. This book, depicting the wild west coast of Vancouver Island and its wildlife, became a best seller. When the photography market slumped a decade ago, Adrian turned to guiding, both birding trips and more general interpretive nature hikes. After 4 decades of birding in Tofino, he has personally seen over 290 of the 330 species ever recorded here, and his knowledge of where to find them is second to no one. Expect a relaxed tour with many stories.
Dannie Carsen Victoria Anytime English
Dannie Carsen has lived in Victoria since 1980 and been involved with the Victoria Natural History Society for almost 30 years. Dannie was the Christmas Bird Count leader for 3 years, and has led numerous trips for the VNHS. For several years, Dannie was also involved in organizing post-conference trips for the BC Field Ornithologists and enjoyed planning trips to the Peace River, Okanagan Valley, and Columbia Valley. In past years, Dannie spent considerable time around San Blas, Mexico helping with the International Birding Festival by collecting binoculars for local birders and leading river trips for local birders. Dannie knows the Saanich Peninsula birding hotspots and is able to get you from Victoria International Airport or the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal to the interesting local specialties found in farmer’s fields, parks and waterfront locations near Victoria. “Birding by Bike” tours are available for a biking big day (or half day) with bikes provided as required. Dannie can also provide “Birds and Wine” tours of the Saanich Peninsula and the Cowichan Valley which starts with 5 hours birding in the morning and finishes with 3 hours of winery and ciderhouse visits on southern Vancouver Island.

Local Information
Name Description
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia British Columbia
Local weather Yahoo
Suggested bird watching group for Delta BC (which is on the south edge of Vancouver, BC) is Delta Naturalists’ Casual Birding group (DNCB).

See the blog at and the picture gallery at

If someone contacted me I’d just put them in touch with this group and suggest joining them on the next weekly local birding trip. Regards - G. Bodie
Federation of BC Naturalists Club
Nature Vancouver Club
Victoria Natural History Society Club
Chilliwack Field Naturalists Club
Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Club
South Okanagan Naturalists Club
Rocky Point Bird Observatory Banding
George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Meadowlark Festival
Brant Wildlife Festival
Boundary Bay Sites
Nature Guides BC Books about BC
Nature Guides BC Blog
Bird Guide Sites
Saturna Island Sites Birding
Creston Valley Sites
Jeffrey Newman's Cariboo region
Bluewater Adventures Pelagic
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites