|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)
May 20 FULL!
The program is a structured morning field trip to VARC’s Colony Farm
Banding Station where participants are introduced to the research
techniques 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
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.