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Iona Island Bird Observatory


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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.

COVID-19 protocol for the 2021 season

IIBO’s spring migration monitoring program will proceed in 2021, starting April 15th and ending October May 31st. Due to the continued persistence of COVID-19 in the population and the emergence of new variants, and particularly in the Metro Vancouver area, IIBO has developed this COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan for operations with guidelines and modified protocols to guide staff, volunteers, and any organized groups that may arrive for work or activities at the Observatory. This plan was written in accordance with the Province of BC’s COVID-19 Orders, Notices and Guidance and with the guidance of plans developed by other banding operations and organizations including the North American Banding Council (2020). Please review the plan before coming out to volunteer at the Observatory. Be prepared to follow the guidelines outlined within the plan, including bringing your own mask and hand sanitizer.
As a reminder, please complete a self-assessment/personal health check before each volunteer shift using the online tool found here: https://bc.thrive.health/