Birding for everyone

Join the Coastal Waterbird Survey and learn how to identify local birds.  Everyone is welcome!


The Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre participates in the Bird Studies Canada Coastal Waterbird Survey.  Once each month, teams of volunteers spot, identify, and count waterbirds on a measured section of Cowichan Bay shoreline.

View the results of previous counts here.

Skilled and experienced birders lead the count, but everyone is welcome to come along.  It is a great opportunity to learn more about the birds in the estuary and hone your birding skills.  Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.  Counts take place on the second Sunday of each month, with the time being determined by the time of high tide.  For the next few months, the counts will take place at the following times and dates:

12 noon Sunday, January 8
3:30 pm
Sunday, February 12
4 pm
Sunday, March 12
4 pm
Sunday, April 9
7 am
Sunday, May 14
5 pm Sunday, June 11


Survey Area and Observation Points:

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