Tofino's 7th Annual Shorebird Festival
by Jen Pukonen
You can be sure it’s Spring when you see flocks of shorebirds
darting along our shoreline. Every year beginning in mid-to-late April
flocks of sandpipers, plovers, whimbrels, and many other shorebirds
pass through the Tofino area.
The combination of expansive mudflats and long sandy beaches create
an ideal habitat for shorebirds. These habitats provide the opportunity
for hundreds of thousands of shorebirds to feed and rest before they
continue their impressive journey north. The annual migration between
their southern wintering grounds (which can be as far as the southern
tip of South America) and northern breeding grounds (Canada and Alaska)
can be up to 7000 km, with 2000 km between stops! Because some birds
only stop here for a couple of days it is critical that they are
given space to feed and rest. During the shorebird migration, try not
get too close to flocks of shorebirds and keep dogs under control,
on a leash if necessary. If you sit quietly nearby and use binoculars
or a spotting scope, you can easily observe the birds without disturbing
Watching the flashes of colour as a flock of shorebirds dance
and dart about in harmony is an incredible sight. The Annual Shorebird
Festival was created to raise awareness and appreciation about
this remarkable migration.
To find out more about shorebirds, drop
the RIC and pick up a copy of our Bird Checklist and Birding in
Friday, May 7th, 7:30 pm at the RIC
Mud, Bugs, and Sex:
The Importance of Feeding Behaviour in Western Sandpipers
With Kim Mathot, Masters student from SFU who studies the feeding ecology
of sandpipers on their migration and wintering grounds. For info call
Saturday, May 8th
International Migratory Bird Day
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day joining us for a morning
of birding, an afternoon interpretive walk, or by dropping by the
Raincoast Interpretive Centre between 12 Noon and 5 pm to pick
up a bird checklist
or a Birding in Tofino brochure. For info call 725-2560.
Saturday, May 8th, 9-11 am
A Morning of Birding
Join expert birders at two shorebird viewing locations.
Chesterman Beach: Park at the South Chesterman Beach Parking lot
and look for the spotting scopes and birders on the beach.
Tofino Botanical Gardens: Meet a naturalist at the viewing platform
along the shore. The garden entrance fee is usually $10, but in
support of the Festival if you buy a pass on the Saturday it will
for 3 days, and 50% of the proceeds will be donated back to the
info call 725-2560.
Saturday May 8th, 2pm-3pm,
Join park interpreter Silva Johansson for a guided shorebird walk
on Saturday afternoon. Meet on the front observation deck of
Interpretive Centre in PRNPR at 2:00 pm. For info call 725-2560.
Saturday, May 8th, 7:30 pm
Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
Garry Donaldson from the Canadian Wildlife Service.
The Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area is currently being
considered for this designation. For info call 725-2560.
Sunday May 9th, 2pm-3pm,
Join park interpreter Silva Johansson for a guided shorebird
walk on Sunday afternoon. Meet on the front observation deck
Wickanninish Interpretive Centre in PRNPR at 2:00 pm. For
info call 725-2560.
451 Main St, Tofino, BC
Box 815, V0R 2Z0
Ph (250)725-2560, Fax (250)725-1252
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- Clayoquot Island Open House: May 21-22, 2016
- Tofino Public Market: May - September, 2016
- Tofino Food & Wine Festival: June 3-5, 2016
- Pacific Rim Summer Festival: June 30 - July 9, 2016
- Ukee Days: July 22-24, 2016
- Tofino Lantern Festival: August 14, 2016
- Tofino Beer Festival: September 26, 2015
- Queen of the Peak: September 30 - October 2, 2016
- Tofino Oyster Festival: November 17-19, 2016
- Tofino Winter Celebration Artisan Festival: Dec. ?, 2016
- West Coast Winter Music: Nov. 2, 2015 - April 2, 2016
The 7th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival is taking place from May 7 - May 9, 2008 with events in Tofino, Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park.