VARC Event: Hummingbird Banding July 29
July 29, 2023
7:00AM - 9:30AM
Colony Farm Banding Station,
Join us for an exciting and educational experience as we observe and study these tiny, but mighty creatures. Our experts will demonstrate the delicate process of safely extracting birds, banding, and releasing hummingbirds. You'll have the opportunity to witness their unique behaviours, understand the importance of monitoring bird populations, and learn about the crucial role that hummingbirds play in our ecosystem. Don't miss this chance to get up close and personal with these fascinating birds!
Getting to the Banding Station
A map is inserted below with directions to the banding station at Colony Farm Regional Park. Be careful when using GPS. It is important you are using the 'Colony Farm Regional Park Entrance' as the marker or it will take you to the wrong entrance.
Please note that we are closest to the Shaughnessy Street entrance to the park, NOT the community gardens on Colony Farm Road which is a 15/20 minute walk across the park.
Once on Shaughnessy Street, about half a mile along on the left hand side (through one set of lights) is a pullout overlooking Colony Farm Regional Park (blue star on map). Park here. There is also a small additional parking lot on the opposite side of the road.
Walk through the metal gate and down along trail and in to the park – You will pass a pond on the right – 200 yards after the pond is a metal gate on the right-hand side and a ‘Wildlife Habitat Area – Research Personnel Only’ sign - walk through the gate (PLEASE CLOSE AND LATCH IT BEHIND YOU) and follow the trail around to the banding station.
We have a very visitor friendly set up with a banding pagoda, picnic tables, coat and backpack racks and a wilderness ecofriendly washroom at the station.