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Iona Island Bird Observatory


As the amount of riparian habitat disappears in the Greater Vancouver area, it has become increasingly important to assess how birds are using protected areas. In addition, the continuing population declines of many bird species across BC and Canada has highlighted the importance of monitoring populations. Iona Island Bird Observatory (IIBO) was started in 2010 to monitor how birds use Iona Beach Regional Park, provide estimates of survival and population trends, and to create training and educational opportunities for members of the community.

The IIBO operates three programs throughout the year that monitor the birds that use Iona Beach Regional Park in Richmond BC; Migration Monitoring in spring and fall, and Winter Monitoring.

For more information about each of IIBO’s programs, please see the details about Migration Monitoring and Winter Monitoring.