Bird Identification and Behaviour

Discover the pleasures of bird watching.

Vancouver Island is an excellent place for bird watching. Our birding courses are designed for naturalists, interpreters and birding enthusiasts interested in the behaviour of birds. Some of the birds you will learn about include: 

  • waterbirds: geese, swans, ducks, gulls, terns
  • marine birds: procellariiformes, alcids, shorebirds, loons, grebes, cormorants
  • songbirds: warblers, sparrows, finches, chickadees

Through a combination of in-class lectures and outdoor field trips, you'll learn how to locate and identify birds, and discover fascinating secrets about how they live and feed. The focus is on the unique biology and behaviour of birds encountered on Vancouver Island. 

Courses open for registration

Managing urban lighting may help migrating birds

More than half of all North American bird species are migrants, moving seasonally between their breeding and wintering grounds. In his final research project for the RNS program, Andrew Elves analyzed how artificial light in Beacon Hill Park exacerbates habitat fragmentation, interfering with the circadian rhythms of migratory birds.

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Summer 2016 Courses

Looking to learn something new this summer? Look no further than Continuing Studies at UVic.

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Gina Anderson, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8458
Email artssci1@uvic.ca