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Tofino Shorebird Festival calendar of events 2010

May 7-9, 2010

The dates for the shorebird festival in Tofino have been moved from the end of April to the beginning of May, as the migratory shorebirds ar not expected to peak until early May this year.

The letter 'Y'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.

This year marks the 13th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival with events organised by the Raincoast Education Society.

Shorebird Festival events are free of charge, but donations are encouraged and gratefully accepted. Donations will be accepted at each event; or consider becoming a Shorebird Supporter – provide a minimum $25 donation for the whole festival and we will give you a charitable donation receipt!

For more information about the Shorebird Festival please call the Raincoast Interpretive Centre at 250.725.2560, email res@island.net or drop by - at the Clayoquot Field Station in the Tofino Botanical Gardens.


13th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival


may 1, 2010Ecology Presentation: Shorebirds, Maps, and… Shorebirds.

Clayoquot Field Station
Tofino Botanical Gardens
Friday May 1 • 7:30pm

Shorebirds, Maps, and… Shorebirds: A presentation by Yuri Zharikov, Monitoring Ecologist with Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Compared to forests or wetlands, intertidal mudflats may appear a homogenous habitat. From a shorebird’s point of view, however, they represent intricate and diverse landscapes comprised of subtle sediment features. These features can be mapped using modern technologies and consequently allow quick prediction of shorebird distribution across these habitats. Such predictions, when represented as maps, provide an invaluable tool in shorebird conservation and habitat management.


may 2, 2010Guided Bird Watching: Peeps, ducks,
and more!

Tofino Mudflats Sharp Rd.
Saturday May 2, 2009 • 7 – 10 am

Peeps, ducks, and more! Guided bird watching with local bird expert Adrian Dorst. No experience necessary – bring your binoculars or spotting scope if you have one, though we’ll have some to share. This birding session will be happening on a falling tide, 10.5 ft at 7:12 am. Please drive slowly down sharp rd. and carpool, bike or walk if possible.


may 2, 2010“Winged Migration” Documentary Film

Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre
Pacific Rim National Parks Reserve
Saturday May 2 • 12 – 1:30 pm

“Winged Migration” Don’t miss this critically acclaimed, awe-inspiring documentary. Witness as five film crews follow a rich variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and each of the seven continents. With teams totaling more than 450 people, 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers used planes, gliders, helicopters and balloons to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects.


may 2, 2010Guided Interpretive Walk: “Get Fat Quick on the Shorebird Diet!”

Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre
Pacific Rim National Parks Reserve
Saturday May 2 • 2:30 – 3:30 pm

“Get Fat Quick on the Shorebird Diet!” Guided walk with Silva Johansson, Find out what shorebirds are snacking on when they stop on the exposed sandy beaches of the Pacific Rim. An unforgettable experience with Silva Johansson of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Meet at the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre.


may 2, 2010Guided Bird Watching

Tofino Mudflats Sharp Rd.
Saturday May 2, 2010 • 4 pm - 6 pm

Guided bird watching with local birder Pete Clarkson. No experience necessary – bring your binoculars or spotting scope if you have one, though we’ll have some to share. This session will occur on a rising tide, 10.9 ft at 8:30 pm. Please drive slowly down sharp rd. and carpool, bike or walk if possible.


may 2, 2010Festival Reception Slideshow

Darwins Café Tofino Botanical Gardens
Saturday May 2, 2010 • 6 - 8 pm
with slideshow by Adrian Dorst at 8:00 pm.

Birding isn’t just about the birds, it’s about people too! Come meet local birders and bird-lovers, Karen Barry of Bird Studies Canada, and enjoy some refreshments before being treated with Adrian Dorst’s spectacular photographs.


may 3, 2010Guided Bird Watching

Sunday May 3, 2010 • 8 – 11 am
Meet at South Chesterman parking lot

A special edition of Building Better Birding Skills with Adrian Dorst. Meet at South Chesterman’s Beach parking lot at 8 am or 9:30 am for carpooling to location in Jensen’s Bay.


may 3, 2010MiniFlick Fest

Clayoquot Sound Theatre
Sunday May 3, 2010 • 8 – 10 pm

Mudflat MiniFlick Fest, Take 2 Don’t miss this second screening of the 11 magical three minute mudflat films made by local residents for the “More than Just Mud MiNiFLiCK contest!” You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll come away inspired.


Watch for posters around our towns for more details.
For info call the Raincoast Education Society at (250) 725-2560.


Shorebird Festival events are free of charge, but donations are encouraged and gratefully accepted. Donations will be accepted at each event; or consider becoming a Shorebird Supporter – provide a minimum $25 donation for the whole festival and we will give you a charitable donation receipt!

For more information about the Shorebird Festival please call the Raincoast Interpretive Centre at 250.725.2560, email res@island.net or drop by at the Clayoquot Field Station at the Tofino Botanical Gardens.


Raincoast Education Society
at Clayoquot Field Station,
Tofino Botanical Gardens, Tofino, BC
Phone 250.725.2560, Fax 250.725.1252
Email res@island.net

Tofino shorebird festival: Every year, beginning in late April to early May, the Tofino Shorebird Festival celebrates the annual migration. Beginning in mid-to-late April flocks of sandpipers, plovers, whimbrels, and many other shorebirds pass through the Tofino area.

UPDATE: The dates for the shorebird festival in Tofino have been moved from the end of April to the beginning of May, as the migratory shorebirds ar not expected to peak until early May this year.


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