Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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69 March 2014 | Birder's Guide to Travel mer through the winter, Common Murre; Rhinoceros Auklet; Red-necked Phalarope; Long-tailed and Harlequin ducks; and Pe- lagic, Double-crested, and Brandt's cormo- rants are among the birds easily seen from these vessels. The scenery is spectacular, and marine mammal sightings are also possible. If you have the time, you may want to leave the ship and explore the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada; there are natural and historic sites on many of the islands. Community Southern Vancouver Island has a very ac- tive conservation community, with more than 100 organizations focused on nature and the environment. The Victoria Natural History Society (VNHS) welcomes visi- tors to their presentations and on birding walks. The society has also recently pub- lished a "Nature Guide to the Victoria Re- gion" and hosts a Bird Alert phone line at (250) 704-2555. There are several online bulletin boards for the region. The most active are and . Many local birders are delighted to show visitors around. Although there are no regular birding festivals on southern Vancouver Island, Victoria will host a BC Nature conference 1–4 May 2014. Lectures will be offered by experts on everything from insects to marine mammals and numerous feld trips will showcase the local specialties, especially birds! Details and registration information can be found at . Getting to Vancouver Island Vancouver Island's largest airport is Vic- toria International Airport (YYJ). Car fer- ries travel from the Canadian mainland at Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay near Van- couver, and from Washington at Anacortes and Port Angeles. The Victoria Clipper takes passengers from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria in just a few hours. Important Warning This Pacifc island has much to offer to vis- itors, whether they are birders or not. One thing is certain. Once you visit this area, you WILL want to come back! Recommended Reading Victoria and Southeastern Vancouver Island: Checklist of Birds , Victoria Natural History Society Birdfnding in British Columbia, Russell Cannings and Richard Cannings Nature Guide to the Victoria Region, Ann Nightingale and Claudia Copley British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas Bulletin BoaRds BCVI Birds Birding in British Columbia RaRe BiRd aleRt (250) 704-2555 (Callers from the U.S. need not enter any special code to call Canada.) otheR sites and oRganizations RefeRenced in the aRticle Victoria Natural History Society Rocky Point Bird Observatory Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Horticultural Centre of the Pacifc Witty's Lagoon Regional Park Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina East Sooke Park Galloping Goose Trail Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society Pacifc Marine Circle Route Ancient Forest Alliance BC Ferries Southern Gulf Islands Schedules Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada Victoria International Airport Clipper Vacations MV Coho Ferry (Port Angeles) Washington State Ferries Route Map 9-Vancouver.indd 69 3/7/14 5:59 AM

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