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Lecture on birds
April 19 at SFU
Dr. Rob Butler, Chair, VIBF
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
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
Attendance is free; sign up
here before April 13th to register your attendance.
Dr. Rob Butler, Ornithologist,
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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