VARC operates with
a wide open door policy regarding public visitation but due to the
number of individual and group visits we ask that all visits be
scheduled in advance. This is also to address
potential liability issues in the area in which we are banding.
Large group visits are typically scheduled well in advance.
When visiting the station visitors are invited to observe the
banding, ask questions and take photographs and hold and release
birds under the close supervision of the Bander-in-charge.
Visitors are not permitted to walk the net lanes, unless
invited and attended by the station Bander-in-charge. Visitors often
are invited to walk the net lanes during net checks, but only on a
case by case basis, depending on the volume of birds being
processed, the number of visitors, and weather conditions. The
safety and welfare of every bird is always our top priority at all
Please keep in mind that the station is operational on weekends and
selected weekdays from April 1st - October 31st and at weekends only
during the winter months (November - March).
Full details of site visits together with directions to the station
can be found by clicking the visitor program links below.
"Hello Derek - Just wanted to
send a note of thanks to you and all your team for a great visit to
the banding station! Feedback from our members was very positive and
one person even suggested that we should make it an annual event. We
learned a lot about the issues and causes of decreasing bird
populations as well as a few suggestions for helping birds find
habitat, no matter even if it’s a small backyard! We really enjoyed
the visits to the nets to see how the process works and how careful
everyone was in handling the birds. And, of course, we loved the
close-up views of our favourite songbirds! Couldn’t ask for more to
make a birder’s day! When do you take bookings for next year?
Thanks very much!
Lori Austin - Burke Mountain