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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.

IIBO is the only migration monitoring station in BC that operates during both spring and fall migration. Data collected by these programs demonstrate the importance of Iona Island as a migration stopover site for thousands of migratory birds each year. For more information on migration monitoring at IIBO, click here.

Volunteers opportunities at IIBO are available for WildResearch members. To become a member, click here.

Major funders for Iona Island Bird Observatory include Canada Summer
Jobs (Service Canada), Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, BC Nature, and the City of Richmond.

COVID-19 protocol for the 2022 season

IIBO’s spring migration monitoring program will proceed in 2022, from April 15th to May 31st. While most covid-related mandates have been relaxed in BC during the spring of 2022, we ask that volunteers continue to practice frequent hand hygiene and social distancing, as the virus continues to persist in the population. Our migration monitoring program cannot proceed if our banders get sick. Volunteers to IIBO should bring a mask to wear in the banding hut in case they need to enter (with the exception of anyone who is actively scribing or banding).