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WildResearch’s Butterfly Monitoring Workshop

WildResearch, with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, is pleased to announce its Annual Butterfly Monitoring Workshop, May 28, from 8am – 3pm, at Campbell Valley Regional Park.  An indoor classroom portion will give an introduction to butterfly biology, their food plants, the butterfly families, and identification of common species found in the lower mainland. This will be followed by an outdoor portion, which will provide participants with hands-on tips for safely netting butterflies (equipment provided), handling, identification and photography techniques.  Click here for more information.

Canadian Nightjar Orientation Schedule

To kick off the 2016 Nightjar Program survey season, WildResearch will be hosting orientation sessions near major cities across BC, AB, SK, NB, YK, and NT. Each session will run about 3hrs and is a great chance to meet or catch up with some other nightjar enthusiasts and to get in the groove for surveying with hands-on practice. We’ll learn about nightjar biology, the survey protocol, and then have a practice survey together. British Columbia…Read more »

Fifth Annual Butterfly Monitoring Workshop – May 29, 2016!

WildResearch is pleased to present its 5th Annual Butterfly Monitoring Workshop, co-hosted by Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. Learn how to safely trap, ID, and release butterflies on May 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. A classroom session will introduce you to the butterfly families, biology, behaviour, and appearance, as well as provide information on butterfly food plants, and will include a hands-on ID exercises. In the afternoon, we’ll head into the Garden grounds for hands-on practice in trapping, handling, identification and release! Click here for more information »

2015 IIBO Annual Report Released

WildResearch is pleased to have finalized and posted the 2015 Iona Island Bird Observatory (IIBO) Annual Report to our website here. The 2015 report marks the 6th year in IIBO’s history, and presents the results of the three major programs at IIBO, from Jan 2015 to Dece 2015. To build on past annual reports, the 2015 report features a new section on “Outreach Success Stories” from IIBO. View the report here.

Aldergrove Wetland Tour

Do you want to learn more about wetlands and the creatures within? WildResearch will be taking a tour around a newly constructed wetland in Aldergrove April 24, 10:30am.  We have an opportunity to check some minnow traps to see wetland creatures, such as Western Toads and North-western Salamanders…Read more »

IIBO Spring Migration Monitoring Schedule Released

We are excited to announce the schedule for Spring Migration Monitoring at Iona Island Bird Observatory is now live and available for sign-up by WildResearch members! Our Spring Migration Monitoring Program (SMMP) program at the Iona Island Bird Observatory (IIBO) will run 7 days a week (weather permitting) between April 15 and May 31!

Intro to R and Data Analysis Workshop

WildResearch will be hosting an introduction to R and data analysis workshop designed for those who have never or are starting to learn R.  We will start with basic R functions such as how to set your working directory, input data, and manipulate data.  The workshop will also cover basic statistical methods such as null hypothesis testing, significance, data distributions, t-tests, ANOVAs, linear modelling – all in R…Read more »

Request for Proposals – Report Writing Contract

WildResearch is seeking the services of an experienced writer and statistician to produce a cumulative report. The report will summarize bird-monitoring data collected during the first five years (2010-2015) of WildResearch’s program, Iona Island Bird Observatory (IIBO). The report will include statistical analyses of bird-monitoring data, including mark-recapture survival analysis and multivariate analyses. The written report will detail analyses, summarize results and describe program successes from 2010-2015…Read more »

Bird ID Field Trips 2015-2016

WildResearch’s Bird ID Trips Field Trips 2015-2016 Are BACK! Join WildResearch for our annual winter Bird Identification Field Trips at a variety of parks across the Metro Vancouver area! Learn to identify a wide variety of wintering passerines, waterfowl, raptors, and shore birds. Meet and socialize with nature loving individuals and network with professional biologists…Read more »

2015 Pelagic Trip – update

On Sept 20, 2015, 93 enthusiastic birders went to sea on WildResearch’s fifth pelagic seabird fundraiser. Details from the trip and the official trip list follows below. Photos from the trip can be viewed here soon! For the week leading up to pelagic, each new weather report predicted high winds and heavy precipitation. There is a limit to what the Francis Barkley can safely withstand, but because we had birders travelling from all over western Canada… Read more »

WildResearch Quizzes

Test your knowledge and identification skills with WildResearch’s new wildlife quizzes. The second quiz “WildResearch British Columbia Seabirds”, and the first quiz “WildResearch British Columbia Songbirds”, are now available online. More quizzes coming soon! Take quiz here »

Celebrating WildResearch’s 5 Year Anniversary

WildResearch passed a new milestone today! We have been monitoring songbirds, chasing butterflies, inventorying nightjars, and sailing the open seas in search of seabirds for five years. Five years ago today, WildResearch was born when six biologist friends came together to share our vision for starting a non-profit organization focused on conservation priorities and initiatives. Read more »

WildResearch BC Species Lists Updated – Quick Resource Use

WildResearch’s handy documents containing federally and provincially listed amphibians, birds, invertebrates, mammals, and reptile species in British Columbia have been updated for use as a quick resource when determining the most up to date listings of species of conservation concern! Documents are available for download and printing  here »

WildResearch Co-Hosts Freshwater Fish ID Workshop – Registration Open

WildResearch and Byrne Creek Streamkeepers are pleased to co-host a Freshwater Fish Identification Workshop for their members on September 13, 2015. The workshop will cover common fish sampling techniques and procedures, and the identification of fish species commonly found in the lower mainland, with guest speaker, Jim Roberts (Senior Fisheries Biologist at Hemmera). Read more »

2015 Fall Migration Monitoring – Volunteer Schedule Open

The 2015 Fall Migration Monitoring Program at the Iona Island Bird Observatory will be on weekends from Aug 22 to Oct 31, 2015! The volunteer sign-up schedule is now available to WildResearch members. Not a member yet? Read more »

WildResearch’s BC Nightjar Orientation Sessions – Registration open!

WildResearch will be hosting six BC Nightjar Survey orientations to kick-off the start of the 2015 survey season! At each orientation, participants will meet other nightjar surveyors, learn about BC’s nightjar species from WildResearch’s Biologists, review the survey protocol, and then practice surveying a route together. Each session will begin 1.5 hours before local sunset time, and last 3 approximately hours.Orientations will be hosted at six locations across BC. Click here to register, or for more information »

WildResearch’s Fourth Annual Butterfly Monitoring Workshop – Registration still open!

WildResearch is pleased to present its Fourth Annual Butterfly Monitoring Workshop, co-hosted by the UBC Botanical Garden. Learn how to safely trap, identify, photograph, and release butterflies on Sunday May 3 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. A classroom session will introduce you to the butterfly families, biology, behaviour, and appearance, as well as provide information on butterfly food plants, and will include several hands-on identification exercises. In the afternoon, we’ll head into the Garden grounds for hands-on practice in trapping, handling, identification, photography and release! Click here to register, or for more information »

2015 Pelagic Trip Announced

WildResearch is pleased to announce that WildResearch’s Fall Pelagic Birding Trip will run on Sunday September 20, 2015! The trip will be a 7hr pelagic birding trip that sails from Ucluelet, BC aboard the MV Frances Barkley to La Perouse Bank. WildResearch’s trip offers a great opportunity to view seabirds that are rarely seen from shore, from the comfort of a large, stable vessel with ample outdoor viewing decks, indoor cafeteria and washroom amenities. The trip is a fundraiser to raise money for WildResearch’s conservation programs. Read more » 

Resume Writing Workshop for Biologists

Are you a biologist seeking employment? Need help improving your resume? WildResearch has a solution! Following the success of our 2013, “Resume Writing Workshop for Biologists” we will be hosting another workshop of this kind in 2015. The workshop will give insights and advice from three professional biologists from the federal government, non-profit, and private sector on: Read more » 

2014-2015 Bird ID Field Trips

Join WildResearch for our annual Bird Identification Field Trips at a variety of parks across the Metro Vancouver area! Learn to identify a wide variety of wintering birds, including: Waterfowl Loons Gulls Shorebirds Raptors Sparrows Dates Dec 14, 2014  — Stanley Park January 18, 2015 — Lighthouse Park, February 15, 2015 — Trout Lake, March […]

WildResearch Receives Charitable Status

WildResearch is extremely excited to announce that the Canadian Revenue Agency has approved our application to become a registered charity! Donations provided to WildResearch of over $20 are eligible for an official income tax receipt. WildResearch Directors would like to thank all members, volunteers, and donors for their support in reaching this significant milestone! Read more » 

Partnering with the Fairmont Vancouver Airport – registration open

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Swarovski Optik and WildResearch have teamed up to offer hotel guests a unique special offer package called “Fly Away WildResearch Package” that includes a guided tour to Iona Island Bird Observatory and an opportunity to bird and band with WildResearch members, using a full selection of Swarovski Optik provided binoculars and spotting scopes!  Read more »

2014 Fall Migration Monitoring – volunteer schedule

The 2014 Fall Migration Monitoring Program at the Iona Island Bird Observatory will be on weekends from Aug 23 to Oct 26, 2014! The volunteer sign-up schedule is now available to WildResearch members. Not a member yet? Read more »

2014 Butterfly Monitoring Workshop – registration open

The workshop will consist of an indoor classroom session, and an outdoor field techniques session. Participants will learn how to catch, handle, identify, and monitor butterflies, how to follow protocols for and contribute to the BC Butterfly Atlas, a citizen-science project, and how to garden to attract butterflies Read more »

2014 BC Nightjar surveys – seeking volunteers

WildResearch is seeking volunteers to survey for Common Poorwills and Common Nighthawks (two species of conservation concern) across British Columbia. We have significantly expanded the BC Nightjar Survey for 2014 and there are now survey routes located across much of BC. Read more »

2014 Pelagic Trip – update

On May 11, 2014, 81 birders went to sea on WildResearch’s pelagic seabird fundraiser: a seven hour voyage to La Perouse Bank in search of pelagic birds. View photos and Read more »