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For the Birds

Free Dean's Lecture on birds

April 19 at SFU

Dr. Rob Butler, Chair, VIBF


uly 1, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and what better way for a bird enthusiast to celebrate than to try to see 150 species within the city limits by that date? That works out to about a new species seen each day.


This was the challenge ecologist Rob Butler set for himself as part of something much bigger -  to make Vancouver a bird city.

Attracting birds into our cities make our lives healthier and happier. Birds are also big business - $41 billion annually in the US alone. Rob will describe how NGOs, the City of Vancouver and Park Board teamed up to produce a Bird Strategy that led to Bird Week and to hold the largest bird conference and festival the world has ever seen.

In 2018, the prestigious International Ornithological Congress and Vancouver International Bird Festival will take flight. From this once-in-a lifetime event will emerge new opportunities for Aboriginal tourism, conservation, and understanding between cultures. Birds are breaking down barriers and making our lives better.

How did Vancouver accomplish this feat and what can we learn from the experience? Join us to hear Dr. Rob Butler, Chair of the Vancouver International Bird Festival, tell the story.

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 7:00pm 8:30pm
Location: Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Room 1900

Simon Fraser University, 515 Hastings Street West
Brought to you by the Dean of the Faculty of Environment, Dr. Ingrid Leman Stefanovic.

Attendance is free; sign up here before April 13th to register your attendance.


Dr. Rob Butler, Ornithologist, Author, Artist
It is not overstating to say that Rob Butler will amaze, astound and entertain you with his talk on the interactions with birds and the steps cities can take to bring birds closer to our lives.


He spent 40 years mostly with the Canadian Wildlife Service as a biologist and then a scientist researching birds. He is a graduate and adjunct professor of Biological Sciences, and outstanding alumnus at Simon Fraser University.


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