VIU Bird Banding Project with Eric Demers – February 18, 2021

Nature Nanaimo meeting – Feb 18th, 2021

VIU Bird Banding Project: Engaging Students in Research

The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bird Banding Project has conducted bird monitoring and banding in the Nanaimo area since 2013. This project has been completely operated by over 180 dedicated VIU students and community volunteers who have dedicated over 14,000 volunteer hours to the project. So far, about 15,000 birds of more than 80 species have been captured and banded. This presentation will highlight two projects: (1) the bird banding station at Buttertubs West Marsh, and (2) the abundance and movement of Canada Geese in the Nanaimo area.

Eric is a professor in the Biology Department at Vancouver Island University since 2001. He completed a Bachelor of Science at McGill University and a doctorate at York University. Although most of his graduate research and early career has focused on freshwater ecology, he has always been keenly interested in birds.