|To accommodate the increasing number of parents with children
who wish to visit the banding station VARC has developed a Family
Day to provide parents and children with an engaging and interactive
educational experience, fostering awareness and appreciation of
birds and the environment.
Family Day Dates (2017)
The program is a structured morning field trip to VARC’s Colony Farm
Banding Station where participants are introduced to the research
required for monitoring migratory birds and the population ecology
and ecosystem dynamics of wild bird populations, in an age specific
way. Parents and children will learn about bird migration; the
various habitats and communities they depend on during both spring
and fall migration and the breeding season; and the conservation
actions required to protect these habitats to ensure the long term
survival of bird species.
The structure of site visit starts with a short talk when visitors
arrive to tell them who we are, what we’re doing and why we’re doing
it. Participants are then invited to watch the banding, take photos
and ask questions. We then supervise while each visitor gets the
opportunity to hold and release a bird. At the end of the visit we
give another short talk about habitat conservation and the
importance of safeguarding areas like Colony Farm for breeding and
migratory birds. We also provide visitors with information on how
they can help to make a difference by creating bird friendly gardens
and campuses; by preventing window strikes and by putting up feeders
and nest boxes.
Details of our Family Day Program are available by clicking the link
Family Day Program
|"My kids come away from Family Day inspired and very, very
enthusiastic about birds and bird conservation. They spent that
afternoon playing "banding station" with their Audubon bird stuffies.
I heard them more than once shout, "Its a re-trap!". They are both
asking when they can go back. What could be better than that?!"
Krista De Groot - Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS)
for us to ensure the safety and welfare of birds the number of
people attending Family Days must be controlled and only people who
are registered can be allowed to attend.
To schedule a Family Day visit please:
Register with your name and number of family members who wish to
attend by completing the registration form below
|A donation of $10 per person for Family Day is
suggested which may be paid in advance by clicking on the donate
button below (then click 'other amount') or at the station when you attend the event.