Try birding in Richmond with these free ‘birder backpacks’

Richmond is renowned as a birding capital of B.C. and, thanks to a partnership between Tourism Richmond and Bird Studies Canada, anyone can try their hand at the hobby for free.

The partnership has allowed Tourism Richmond to offer free use of birding toolkits. The backpacks, which require a $300 deposit which is repaid at the end of the day, include a pair of binoculars, an introduction to birding guide, birding reference books and a birding map of Richmond.

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Richmond has birding opportunities to enjoy all year round, and during the spring, Iona Beach Regional Park showcases a variety of travelling birds, such as the Wilson’s Warbler.

During the summer, Tourism Richmond says birding enthusiasts may catch the Common Yellowthroat, Black-headed Grosbeak, Rufous and Anna’s Hummingbirds in the same park.

Even though the weather may cool down in the fall and winter, these are some of the best times for birding. For example, winter is prime time to see raptors, such as short-eared owls.

The Budding Birder Backpacks are available for day use and can be reserved in person at 3811 Moncton St. or be emailing the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre ahead of time.

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