Swishwash Island Christmas Bird Count

Event Details

December 17th, 2017, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary, Richmond, British Columbia
Inventories and Monitoring

Whether you are new to birding or a long-time twitcher this event is for you! Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada for a Christmas Bird Count along the Middle Arm Recreational Trail in Richmond, which overlooks NCC’s Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary. This area at the mouth of the Fraser River is frequented by migratory and resident waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds. Together we will identify as many birds as possible, and contribute our findings to one of the oldest citizen science projects in North America.

All ages and experience levels are welcome. When you register please indicate your knowledge of birds so that we can pair beginners with more experienced birders.

The Swishwash Island Christmas Bird Count is just one of many counts taking place across the Lower Mainland this winter. If you are unable to join us for the day we encourage you to check the Bird Studies Canada website for additional outings, and for how you can participate by recording the birds in your backyard.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event. There is also a wait list feature if there isn’t a ride there yet that works for you. Happy carpooling!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Swishwash Island Nature Sanctuary, Richmond

Swishwash Island is a private nature sanctuary owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. It is a small beacon of biodiversity located in the middle arm of the Fraser River Estuary which is one of the most productive estuaries in the world.

Swishwash Island was donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by BC Packers Ltd. in 1999. Located next to the Vancouver International Airport, the island serves as a small yet important sanctuary for fish, birds and wildlife in an otherwise highly developed area.

What you will be doing

Join us at the Middle Arm Recreational Trail in Richmond where we will count and record the birds on Swishwash Island (via binocular) and along the Fraser river. Volunteers will also track supplemental data, including time spent surveying and distance travelled. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided.

Why you will love it

You'll be joining tens of thousands of other birders across North America in contributing to a hundred-year effort to collect consistent information on winter bird distribution. Not to mention that you will be treating yourself to spending a day watching birds, meeting new people and exploring! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the local birds in our community and to contribute important data to a monitoring project.


Contact Travis Muir: travis.muir@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

We will not be travelling to Swishwash Island, but rather will be observing wildlife on the island from West Arm Recreational Trail in Richmond. We will meet at the parking lot at the western end of the trail along River Road. A detailed map will be sent to registered participants a couple days before the event.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Running water and flush toilets
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Layers of warm clothing
  • Warm gloves
  • Binoculars (if you have them)
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch