Today is Bird Impact Reduction Day. It is important to bring attention to this now as the birds are very active. Our friends at the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC are tending to a steady influx of birds from window strikes (over 500 in 2016). They range from temporary shock to broken wings and keels (breast bones).
From Bird Studies Canada’s site, here it what to do if you find a bird that had impacted a window and is stunned or injured:
- Gently place the bird in a paper bag or small cardboard box with air holes
- Roll clean tissues or paper towels into a donut shape and place around the bird
- Never feed the bird or give it water
- Place in a quiet, dark, secure area
- After an hour, take the box or bag to an area away from other buildings and windows, and release the bird
- If the bird is unable to fly off or if there are visible signs of injury, contact Wildlife Rescue Association of BC at 5216 Glencarin Drive, Burnaby, (604) 526-7275.
* Although handling birds poses very little risk to human health, wearing gloves is recommended.
To see what you can do around your home. there are many techniques available, from window treatments to the placement of feeders, that you can use to reduce the potential for bird collisions at your home, Click below for the latest brochure to make your Home Safe for Birds.
FLAP Home Safe For Birds
The Burnaby Lake Park Association is still planning to hold the 2017 Nest Box servicing work parties but as you have noticed the weather has not cooperated with us so far this year. The long range forecast calls for a very cold week capped with snow and rain on the weekend.
The area around the lake is treacherous with many of the nest boxes inaccessible for us to safely hold the work parties so were are:
- January 15 (10 am – 1 pm) at the Rowing Pavilion – POSTPONED – Our volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you if you are on the mailing list when we have a new date set
- January 22 (10 am – 1 pm) at the Nature House (at Piper Street Entrance) – GOING AHEAD AS SCHEDULED – This will depend on the accessibility of the boxes out on the marshy area and, of course, the weather! We may change the location if it becomes necessary.
Please stay tuned for any further updates.
Contact our volunteer coordinator directly by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and get added to the email list; a message will be sent out once we have plans finalized.
Kids Christmas Bird Count – 9 AM to 12 PM
Ages: 8 – 14
Add some fun to your holiday season by spending half a day with us and participating in the tradition of the annual Christmas Bird Count. Metro Vancouver Regional Park Interpreters will teach you how to look for common winter birds while learning basic skills like identification, using binoculars and field guides and how to report findings. Stay for refreshments and cookie decorating at the Holiday Open House.
Space is limited and Registration is required. Click here to register Christmas Bird Count at Burnaby Lake
This year, we are contributing our data to Bird Studies Canada national database at eBird.ca. Follow along: #CBC4Kids. To find out more: www.facebook.com/groups/CBC4Kids
Stay for refreshments and cookie decorating at the Burnaby Lake Park Association’s annual Holiday Open House.
Please remember to dress in clothing suitable for the weather and bring your own binoculars and field guides if you have them.
There is parking near the Nature House as well as the parking lot at Warner Loat Park.
TRANSIT: If you are on transit, the closest bus stop is Route 110 – along Government Road.
Stop 52548 – Eastbound from Metrotown Station
Stop 52557 – Westbound from Lougheed Station
Get off at Piper Avenue and walk south for four blocks. At Winston Street, there will be a cross walk with a flashing light; cross and continue past the railway tracks to the Nature House.