Workshop & Events

Upcoming events and workshops…

Wed Oct 10 & 17: Birdy Embroidery

  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: West End Community Centre Lobby. Instructor Jill Taylor is passionate about the disappearing art of embroidery. In this workshop we will learn some basic stitches, then look at birds and how to interpret their beauty with embroidery. Completed works can be mounted on cards or framed. Instruction is suitable for children. Intergenerational participation encouraged. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register here.

Sun Oct 14: Migratory Bird Tea and Talk & Habitat Mapping 

  • 2 pm – 4 pm Activity Room Coal Harbour Community Centre
  • Habitat Mapping: Who passes through with the fall migration? Who stays? What is here that they need? Building on our findings in the summer, we’ll add to the map we have been creating together, looking at the neighbourhood from a birds eye view. Participation in previous mapping workshops not required. This is a fun and social exercise in observation and curiosity. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register here.
  • Migratory Bird Tea and Talk: A casual social gathering with local bird enthusiasts. A talk about the pacific flyway and the birds who pass through. Some bird song singing may occur. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register here.

Thurs Nov 15 & 22: Bird Felting

  • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: West End Community Centre Stanley Court Rm. Make your own favourite local bird out of wool to give as a gift or use as a tree ornament. Carmen will lead a needle felting workshop where we work from images of local birds to create small birds out of wool using felting needles to shape and form the wool. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register here.

Thurs Nov 15: Avian Encounters – Open Mic

  • 7 pm – 8 pm. Barclay Manor Piano Room. Come and share your bird stories, songs, and poems from the hummingbird that adopted your garden even though you’re on the 18th floor, to the ducks nesting in your shrubbery and the crows that dive bomb you. It seems everyone has had some kind of interesting encounter with a bird neighbour. Register here.

Sun Nov 25: Habitat Mapping

  • 2 pm – 4 pm: Activity Room Coal Harbour Community Centre. Who passes through with the fall migration? Who stays? What is here that they need? Building on our findings from earlier in the year, we’ll add the final touches to our maps, looking at the neighbourhood from a birds eye view. Participation in previous mapping workshops not required. This is a fun and social exercise in observation and curiosity. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register here.

Sat Dec 8: Final Celebration: Birds in Residence

  • 2 pm – 4 pm: Featuring all the art created through the year, including bird puppets, costumes, felted and embroidered birds, mapping, bird sightings submitted by the community, and the bird song Chorale: we?ll pull all the elements together in an afternoon social celebration. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register here.

 

Past events and workshops…

Wed Feb 28: Meet & Tweet!

Come and meet your Birds in Residence, the new artists in residence for Coal Harbour Community Centre, West End Community Centre, and Barclay Manor! We’ll share our ideas for the 2018 Artist in Communities project, find out what birds you’re seeing and hearing around the neighbourhood, and make some simple bird art together. All ages welcome!

  • 11 am – 1 pm: Coal Harbour Community Centre – main lobby
  • 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm: West End Community Centre – main lobby

Sat April 28: Bird discovery walks and habitat mapping

  • 10 am – 12 pm: City Nature Challenge: Birding Bonanza / Stanley Park Nature House  We’ll join the Stanley Park Ecology Society for a 2-hour walk to spot, snap, and submit bird sightings to help Vancouver win the top spot of most nature-loving city in the world. Citizen scientists of all levels are welcome! Be sure to bring your smart phone with a camera and the iNaturalist app installed. More details…
  • 1 – 3:30 pm: Bird Discovery Walk and Habitat Mapping / West End Community Centre (Main entrance)  Join your Birds in Residence and the Stanley Park Ecology Society for a walk around the neighbourhood to discover what our streets and buildings look like from a bird’s eye view. Where do different species of birds hang out, nest and feed? After our walk, we’ll return to the West End Community Centre to map out our discoveries. Register here (free)

Sun April 29: Bird Chorale

  • 2 – 4 pm: Coal Harbour CC – Multipurpose Room “ Sing like a bird!” Join this fun experiment singing bird songs artfully arranged – including a composition by Veda Hille* and a Dawn to Dusk chorus being developed by ecologists at Stanley Park. Morning songs, evening songs, songs of warning and songs of love. No experience required. All Ages welcome.
  • Register here (free)
  • People who enjoy the bird song chorale are invited to sing at the Hollow Tree on Sunday May 27 from 1 – 1:30 as part of the Big Tree Weekend

*“I feel I should include two love songs” by Veda Hille was commissioned by Savage Media for the SongBird project’s SongBird Oratorio

Sat May 5: Migratory Bird Puppets @ Art in the City

  • 12 – 4 pm: Auditorium, West End Community Centre / Make a paper mâché portrait of a bird that has been seen in the West End, and learn its song. This is a simple and fast technique for creating a basic bird shape with newspaper, masking tape, tissue paper, and white glue. The workshop will end with a small migratory parade around the auditorium. This workshop takes place during the annual Art in the City event, the West End’s largest art market. Register here (free)

Sun May 6: Dawn Chorus

  • 5 am – 8 am: Coal Harbour Community Centre (meet at main entrance) / Get up really early (or don’t bother going to bed) and join us for ‘International Dawn Chorus Day’ as we move through the neighbourhood listening to the first songs of the day. A knowledgeable bird enthusiast will join us and tell us who we’re hearing, and what they might be saying. Meet outside Coal Harbour CC Broughton Street entrance; the Centre will not be open during this time. Register here (free)

Wed May 16: Dusk Chorus

  • 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Barclay Manor Join us as we move through the neighbourhood listening to the last bird songs of the day. A knowledgeable bird enthusiast will join us and tell us who we’re hearing, and what they might be saying. Meet outside Barclay Manor (north parking lot). Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register here (free)

Thurs May 17: Avian Encounters – Open Mic Night

  • 7 – 8 pmBarclay Manor / Come and share your bird stories, songs, and poems from the hummingbird that adopted your garden even though you’re on the 18th floor, to the ducks nesting in your shrubbery and the crows that dive bomb you. It
    seems everyone has had some kind of interesting encounter with a bird neighbour. Register here (free)

Wed July 25: Bird Chorale

  • 7 – 8:30 pm: Coal Harbour CC – Multipurpose Room “ Sing like a bird!” Are songs of the summer different from the songs of spring? Join this fun way to learn about the birds we live with. We’ll sing some of the songs we learned in May, including the dawn to dusk chorus, and add some summer songs to our repertoire. No experience required. All Ages welcome.

Thurs July 26: Bird habitat mapping

  • 6:30 – 8 pm: Coal Harbour Community Centre – Arts and Crafts Room  Join your Birds in Residence as we take inspiration from neighbourhood bird sightings submitted so far this year to begin to create a large, collaborative bird habitat map. What do our streets and buildings look like from a bird’s eye view? Where do different species of birds hang out, nest and feed? Free.

Wed Aug 8: Bird Chorale – “Sing like a bird!”

  • 7 – 8:30 pm: Coal Harbour CC – Multipurpose Room “ Sing like a bird!” Are songs of the summer different from the songs of spring? Join this fun way to learn about the birds we live with. We’ll sing some of the songs we learned in May, including the dawn to dusk chorus, and add some summer songs to our repertoire. No experience required. All Ages welcome. Free. Register here.

Thurs Aug 9: Block Printing & Bird Silhouettes

  • 11 am – 2 pm: West End CC – Barclay Room – Learn simple techniques for printing on paper and fabric. Bird Silhouettes are an easy way to identify different categories of birds: chickadees, flycatchers, nuthatches, crows, ducks, owls, hawks and herons. We’ll make prints that celebrate local birds on cards, posters, flags, or bring your own t-shirt or tea towels. Free. Register here.

Thurs Aug 9 & 16: Crow Chorus

  • 7 pm – 9 pm: Coal Harbour Community Centre Learn a song in the traditional Salish tradition from Lil’wat composer and singer, Russell Wallace, and represent our local crows in the parade! Note – costume making follows the singing workshops and rehearsals 7 – 8 pm singing and dancing, 8 – 9 pm help create masks and wings for the parade.  Everyone welcome. No experience required. Free. Register here.

Wed Aug 15: Bird Talk: Migration of Life

  • 7 – 8 pm: (Coal Harbour CC: 480 Broughton Ave) Dr. Rob Butler, ornithologist, author and artist, has researched, written about and advised on birds and conservation for over 40 years. His presentation Migration of Life will surprise, astound and delight you while revealing the natural world as never seen before. Sponsored by the Vancouver International Birds Festival. Free. Register here.

Mon Aug 20: Birds on Parade!

  • 2 – 4 pm: Meet at Coal Harbour Community Centre at 2 pm. Once in formation, we will make our way along the seawall to Jack Poole Plaza (at the Vancouver Convention Centre) by 4 pm. For more details on the parade and how to participate, see: Birds On Parade website

 

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