Experience the best of West Coast birding with Field Ornithologist Christopher Stephens of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours! Based on Vancouver Island, we offer unparalleled opportunities to view BC’s western North America specialties, add lifers, and learn about North American birds. We offer morning, full day bird tours and customized bird tours. Over 200 species occur on Eastern Vancouver Island!
Our tours focus on visits to key birding hotspots that allow excellent views of representative Western North America specialties. Tours focus on finding a high species total while taking the time to make sure each sighting is memorable and interesting. Great interpretation offers the chance to learn about the ecology and characteristics of each bird and how to find and identify it in the future.
Our tours cover habitats that are internationally recognized for bird numbers and species diversity. Georgia Basin specialties on Eastern Vancouver Island seen include Hutton’s Vireo, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Anna’s Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Black Turnstone and Thayer’s Gull. There are spectacular Brant, shorebird, and sea duck migrations on the water, while diverse and unique songbird populations define our coastal and upland forests.
An excellent diversity of resident species can be viewed year round on land and in the water.
Your tour leader, Christopher Stephens, Msc., is a field ornithologist and expert birder with over 14 years birding experience on Vancouver Island. He completed field and academic studies of the Swainson’s Thrush in many of the areas where we offer tours for his MSc in Environment and Management degree at Royal Roads University. He also writes nature articles and enjoys sharing the latest bird research findings.
Christopher’s background includes habitat assessments, interpretation and birding in the Georgia Basin, Okanagan Valley and Columbia Basin. His areas of interest include avian ecology, ecotourism, habitat use, physical adaptations and distribution.
In 2008, he was one of 6 national winners of a Doug Tarry Bird Study Award from Bird Studies Canada, and he has worked to promote wetland conservation in Parksville. He currently volunteers as the caretaker for the Little Qualicum Estuary to Nanoose Bay Global Important Bird Area. Christopher draws on his knowledge, passion for birds and field skills to provide an unparalleled West Coast birding tour experience.
Viewing equipment, checklists and field guides are provided. No matter what your skill level, you will experience Vancouver Island birding at its best with our experienced field ornithologist Christopher Stephens. Forest birds, wetland birds, estuary birds and ocean birds are abundant in this area and our guide knows where to find them.
Three hour bird tours depart morning and afternoon from Parksville area.
Cost: $49.00 per person, Cdn. plus GST. with a minimum of 2 people or $98 for an individual tour.
Full day tours are $129.00 per person plus GST. with a minimum 2 people or $258 for an individual tour from Parksville area.
Customized bird tours and tours from and to other areas in B.C. are available upon request.
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To book or inquire by phone, call 250-248-3667
“Outstanding birding with Christopher”
“We did a guided birding trip with Christopher Stephens in December 2014. As we are East Coast birders, we are not very familiar with the West Coast-specific species. Christopher did an amazing job, taking us to great locations to find the most birds, and gearing the trip to what we wanted out of the tour. Best of all, not only did he find the birds and identify them for us, he was very thorough in telling us the identifying characteristics so that we can identify these birds ourselves. He is a Class-A bird expert.
Christopher did an awesome job of showing us the birds, and educating us on becoming better birders. Thanks Christopher for helping us get about 60 species, and over 20 life birds – harlequin duck and American dipper being two special high points. Not to mention tips on other places to go on our own, where we got even more life birds. “
Christine Kelly and Peter Sacks, New York
“Thank you very much for a wonderful day on Sunday. Colleen, Paul, Greg and myself thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with you spotting birds. We were very impressed with how knowledgeable you are and we loved your enthusiasm and sense of humor. We look forward to spending a day with you again in May.”
Sue Candy, Nanaimo BC
Reviewed 26 June 2014
Spent a whole day birding with Christopher who’s knowledge is second to none. Saw 58 species in total but it wasn’t just a case of finding a bird and on to the next, we were also given plenty of information about habitat, breeding habits, food sources and so on. Christopher clearly has a passion for birds and a wry sense of humour to match. Thoroughly recommend.
May 7, 2014.
Hullo folks, thank you for providing us with a bird guide for the first couple of days on your Island, in retrospect, it would have been wise to book him for a few more days. However, with the benefit of hindsight,things would always be easy. Does he have a gift!
We have used bird guides in Poland Norway,Turkey, Spain, Morocco and Madeira and he is without doubt the most gifted.
On occasions over the last two days, what he has demonstrated has been incredible and he is humble, which is unusual for a talented person.
He has a great future. Any visiting birder would be foolhardy not to use him, he definitely has a gift for identifying and finding birds.
Not to mention taking extra time to find the birds.
He is remarkable.
Waine Foster, Sue Edwards.
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