Each fall, Rocky Point Bird Observatory studies passerine (songbird) migration from a publically-accessible bird banding station at the Pedder Bay Resort and Marina in Metchosin. The accessibility of this site offers excellent opportunities for community education. We have developed a field trip program, generally designed at a middle school level, which allows students to witness long-term scientific monitoring in action through a field trip to our Pedder Bay banding station. The program includes a visit to the banding station, a bird walk, and a chance to examine preserved biological specimens, such as bird skulls, feet, and nests.
**This field trip opportunity is only available during the 90-day passerine migration monitoring season. For the 2016 season, this season is 21 July to 20 October **
The field trip has a run time of approximately 2.5 - 3 hours and must take place in the morning. Students will be divided into three groups and cycled through three activity stations, including a visit to the banding station, a bird walk, and a preserved specimen study, as well as introductory and wrap-up activities to highlight the benefits of long-term ecological monitoring.
To prepare students for their field trip, there is a “Become a Bird Identification Expert” pre-activity available that will introduce students to the birds they are likely to see during their visit. This activity may be emailed to you the week prior to your visit.
Please book field trips at least one week in advance to ensure availability of volunteers. We request a student-chaperone ratio of no less than 10:1. Note that, while this program was originally designed at a Grade 7 levels, modifications may be made for other grade levels or community groups.
If a field trip is not feasible for your class during this timeframe, please consider one of our school-based programs.