*PAST EVENT* (BC) Family-friendly Bird Walk
Due to limited spots, we ask our allies to please let BIPOC folks register for this event. Thank you!
If you’re interested in getting outdoors with your family, connecting with other BIPOC families and learning more about birds and nature then this event is for you! This event is supported by NatureKidsBC
Guardian(s) with biracial children are welcome to register and attend as well. This is an inclusive environment!
Date: Sunday, June 26
Location: Shuttle bus pick up spot TBC, everyone will arrive together at Reifel Bird Sanctuary.
This event is taking place on the shared, traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the scəw̓aθən (Tsawwassen), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and other Coast Salish Peoples.
Event Time: 9:45am-230pm
Who can attend: Children aged 5-12 who are accompanied by a guardian or guardians at all times
Cost: $10/family or group. Registration costs will be donated to a local org, African Friendship Society
NatureKidsBC has organized a bus to pick families up from a meeting spot, near public transit. Location TBD once participants have registered so we can see where majority of people are located. The shuttle will leave at 9:45am and arrive at 10:45am at Reifel Bird Sanctuary. We’ll have a 90min guided walk followed by lunch (provided) at the bird sanctuary before heading back to the city. The shuttle will arrive at the same spot as the morning around 230pm.
We’re excited to have Melissa Hathing lead this guided walk! She’s a young Black woman leader in the BC Birding Community who loves photographing birds and feels it enhances her birding experience by giving visual memories that last forever. She founded the BC Young Birders Program in 2014 to connect youth together and get them out into nature. Many of the graduates have gone on to careers in science, wildlife biology, ornithology and conservation. The program she founded is welcome to everyone and is a safe place for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth. It is my passion to work with and mentor youth from all backgrounds.
Bird Sanctuary Etiquette:
- Please stay with the group/guide at all times.
- Children must always be accompanied by an adult guardian, who is responsible for their behaviour. Children consistently disrupting the experience of others may be asked to leave.
- Bring appropriate weather gear, sunscreen, snacks, water, and other useful tools like binoculars, cameras, etc.
Please note that it’s important that we respect the rules of the sanctuary and any instructions we’re given on the day of the event to make sure that we’re not causing any harm to the wildlife.
Colour the Trails is committed to creating a welcoming space for LGBTQIA2S+ individuals. Participants and organizers will introduce ourselves using our preferred pronouns at the start of each event to ensure participants are all feeling welcome and seen. Please ensure that you use other participants’ preferred pronouns. Thank you in advance for making CTT a welcoming community!
If you are feeling any flu-like symptoms or symptoms associated to COVID-19, have had COVID-19 in the past 14 days, have been identified by Public Health as a close contact of someone with Covid-19 or have been told to isolate by Public Health before the event, please let us know and stay home.
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