ID Workshop Testimonials
A 10 experience…well 11! It was more
than I expected – gained confidence and knowledge to take my birding
experiences to another level. Thank you!
An 11 experience! Fabulous – extensive
coverage – packed with information want more!
A 10! It was an awesoe43m experience
and I look forward to the banding course!
10+ I LOVE the passion – it’s
10 – Could not have asked for more!
Andrew Venning - Hemmera
10 – Great stuff – much more than I
needed to know for NSBS but more knowledge for the better!
McKenzie Lee – Sartori E. S.
10! Fantastic, informative, humbling –
very comprehensive – got more than I wanted from the course!
10!! I enjoyed the workshop very much.
I am pleased with the information/experiences I can take away with
me and build on.
Carolyn Beatson – Capilano
10! Awesome - terrific – well
presented – good, useful information, practical application. I’m
glad I found the course – well worth the $ and time!
10! Fantastic workshop, really
knowledgeable instructor and lots of information to absorb.
10! Something I will remember for the
rest of may life! I will highly recommend this course to all my
friends and hope to see you again!
10! Excellent coverage of material and
good pace. The review exercises and field trip really helped to
reinforce the learning. Thanks for the time and effort you put in to
10! Had a wonderful experience! Great
to know birders who take such care and concern for our birds!
10! Excellent experience - I have only
good things to say – Thanks!
Christine Dalton – University
Fraser Valley (UFV)
10! Excellent- Great course – lots of
great info absorbed and lots of tools to work with!
Wonderful, very informative and I am
excited to start birding – 9.5 – would have liked coloured pictures
in our take home binders!
10! Thank you – enjoyed the field
component very much!
10! Really wonderful weekend, learned
so much information that I can’t wait to put to good use!
A 10 experience! It was a very
enjoyable way to increase my birding skills and knowledge – you made
it fun! I especially liked the morning spent at Colony Farm and the
chance to see the birds up close.
A 10 experience!
Lots of fun – never a dull moment – left me wanting more!
Robin Taylor –
inspirational! It was also very challenging and worthwhile. I
learned a lot and where to go to learn more! Thank you!
A 10 experience –
World class! 10!
Exhausting in a good way – I’m full and will be ruminating on this
for a long time!
Ruth Foster –
Burke Mountain Naturalists
comprehensive and thorough – Learned more than I expected!
I marveled at the
energy and passion of the Derek/Carol duo! I learned in abundance
and the handouts and notes are great takeaways for reflection. This
was truly a workshop and not just talk, talk, talk – Thanks a
A 10 experience!
Tiring but very rewarding – a great intro and base to start using in
the field – can’t wait to come banding again!
Sarah Legros -
Had a wonderful
Great! A lot of
information, wonderful for beginner or intermediate birders,
wonderful presentation and a great flow to the course – Great job!
A 10 experience!
Very good, engaging and easy to keep attentive.
A 10! Loved the
field exercise and all the other info!
– Fisheries & Oceans
Great! Lots of
enthusiasm! Lots of information but presented in manageable bits.
Really enjoyed it!
Very helpful –
very informative – Instructor knowledge impressive – more
importantly, shared enthusiasm and able to communicate knowledge
well – THANK YOU!
A 10 EXPERIENCE!
Excellent organization of the weekend – welcoming – I loved that we
were able to use every minute of our time to learn and review –
worked hard but not too hard! Thanks!
expectations – excellent content – fast paced but understandable –
Learned a LOT!
A 10 experience!
Enjoyable, interesting, inspiring – need to now go and review and
A 10 experience!
A wonderful and inspiring learning experience! THANK YOU Derek and
Brita Bentz –
A 10 experience!
Excellent! Thank you so much for your thorough material and
attention to detail – Well done!!
A 10 – GREAT!
A 10 EXPERIENCE!
Really enjoyed the course especially the field session – great
seeing the birds up close
10! Excellent –
Gave me the tools to advance my birding skills
Christensen – Ecofor Consulting
just came home and spent some time looking at the birds at the
feeders and it is so nice to quickly ID the birds with confidence.
All the stuff we learned immediately works - It’s really great - We
are really pleased.
It was all so well organized and so professionally done. I will
definitely tell the gals at Wild Birds Unlimited here on the North
Shore and my other birding friends that if they want an immediate
injection of bird knowledge, then take this workshop!
Thank you both,
Heidi Van Impe – North Vancouver
Excellent – enjoyed the quick pace and review / repetition was great
– excellent for drilling in the information – comprehensive – great
visual, fantastic enthusiasm (seriously it helps!)
Erica Lok – Hemmera Environmental
A 10 experience – very helpful in keeping me engaged – very good
course. A good jump start as we approach spring migration – got me
excited to go birding!
Jay Rourke – Expert birder - Hemmera Environmental
A 10 experience – a lot of information to digest but very
interactive which kept energy levels and attention spans up!
Extremely well organized – can’t wait for the banding workshop!
Stacie Kalyn – Dillon Consutling Limited
It was upper informative – Derek is an awesome speaker and the
exercises kept us updated and interested – it was FANTASTIC! THANK
Ana Mendes – Wildlife Rescue Association of BC
A 10 experience – Thanks for sharing your vast knowledge – I don’t
feel so overwhelmed anymore by my lack thereof!
Sandy Girardot - Wildlife Rescue Association of BC
An 11 out of 10 experience! I would recommend this course to any
bird enthusiast, especially in conjunction with the banding / ageing
workshop. Learned a ton! Thanks so much – you’re both awesome!
Fantastic experience – slightly overwhelming but learned a lot of
useful and practical information.
Geoff Smart – EBB Environmental
Great – good teaching – content great – photos great – photo
exercise and quiz good – Keep at it – you’re a great resource and
Charlie Palmer - Senior Ecologist – Hemmera Environmental
Great experience – jam packed with information and great training
tool – Great refresher course for gearing up the filed season – very
energetic course instructor – a 10 experience!
Eileen Miranda - Hemmera Environmental
Enjoyed it – The team challenges were a great way to keep everyone
engaged – A 10 experience!
Ashleigh Ballevona - Hemmera Environmental
It was great – I had fun – Derek is an excellent and enthusiastic
teacher – Carol is also very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. I
learned more than I thought I would and realize there is much more
Brian Paterson - Hemmera Environmental
My search for a class that would help me boost my field
skills to the next level took me over the border to the Vancouver
Avian Research Centre Bird I.D. class this weekend. Holy smoke, what
a cool class!
It started with a solid foundation in bird topography and physiology
and progressed into field marks, songs, behavior and habitat. Even
though some of the folks in the class were beginning birders, we
were led right into the fray of bird I.D., using field marks and
songs to distinguish even shorebirds and empidonax flycatchers with
growing confidence as the weekend progressed.
Kudos go to Derek and Carol for putting together a curriculum that
gets across so much information in a short period of time,
reinforced via practice exercises and repetition. I recommend this
class without reservation and my friends are going to be getting
earfuls of info that I picked up from it.
After this weekend I am itching to take the bird-banding class that
Joel Brady-Power spoke so well of last week.
Megan McGinty – North Cascades Institute
It was an excellent workshop to inform people of what is flying
around them! Very fun, very informative – a 10 experience
A 10 experience! – I enjoyed the pictures and fill in the blanks
Very good starting point to get over the big barriers of bird ID –
very worthwhile as I feel I have saved myself time and frustration
in learning this stuff – quick but with lots of reviews – great - a
Clear and organized – lots of information for a 3 day course – a 10
Angela Cormano – EBA Engineering Consultants
An 11 out of 10 experience! :o) It was great – I learned wonderful
tools to help me in the field and become a better birder!
It was a good foundation for improving my skills – slowly but surely
I’m becoming a bird nerd! The Bittern and Mountain Bluebirds were
Leslie Bol – Rescan Environmental Services Ltd
Learned a lot!!
Vanessa Sadler – Diamond Head Consulting
As a very new
birder I found the course to be so helpful in starting me off in the
right direction! I feel like I’ve gained a year’s worth of knowledge
in a weekend!
Crystal Rousseau - Stantec
Excellent – A 10 experience!
Murray Lashmar – Arran Environmental Services
Great learning experience – I got
what I wanted out of the course and then some! Thanks.
Glen Carlson – A Rocha Canada
Mind blowing! – A 10.9 out of 10 experience! Can we do it again?!
Alan Russell – Stoney Creek Environmental Committee
Great organization and mix of background theory and identification
of local/common species – pretty fast but good to cover so much.
Megan Turnock – Phoenix Environmental (Vancouver)
A 10+ experience – This was a tremendous experience to learn about
the wonder of birds – Looking forward to the Bird Banding Workshop!
Ligia Ercius DiPaola – Wildlife Rescue
You are an excellent team – organized, generous and determined to
give us the best learning experience – I learned hugely. I learned
more then I expected – a 10 experience!
It was intense but learned a lot – good to have both class time and
field time – very interesting – good teaching methods – a 10
Fiona Crichton – Crichton Environmental Consulting
For a non-birder nature lover – really TOPS! – a 10 experience!
It was great – exciting – fast moving – filled with all kinds of
information – a 10 experience!
It gave me the knowledge base to work on becoming the birder I’ve
always wanted to be – a 10+ experience!
Rebekka Lindskoog – Summit Environmental
I highly recommend the ID course, for
anyone thinking about it – A fabulous course!
Outstanding! A 10 experience – I not only came away knowing more
than I expected I ended up with more questions that I couldn’t even
have formed prior to this. This to me is a great measure of learning
– Thank you so much for the opportunity!
It was very informative and a great 10 experience – Thank you!
Definitely a 10++ experience! I came to the course with no previous
knowledge and left with an understanding and appreciation of the
groups of birds, field markings and ability to recognize some of the
songs. I would never have been able to do this on my own – Thanks
for a great course!
I realize now there is so much more to bird watching – Loved the
field experience and watching bird banding – A 10 experience!
Good pace, good division of material delivered, good setting,
excellent delivery – spot on!
Chris Lee - Aquaterra Biological Consulting
I learned a lot – Really enjoyed the people, the instructor and the
great experience – Keep up the good work!! I like the environmental
The workshop was useful and excellent – The early morning view of
banding was especially useful – very well done – a 10 experience!
Excellent course – very valuable information taught in a manner that
is easy to learn and remember.