Today, the Pacific WildLife Foundation tok a group of BC Institute of Technology students and their instructor, Eric Anderson into Vancouver Harbour by boat. The purpose of the trip was to give the students pointers on bird identification, census methods, and an opportunity to see the harbour’s wildlife. We tallied many thousand surf scoters and greater scaup, hundreds of Barrow’s goldeneyes, and small numbers of western grebes, long-tailed ducks, and pigeon guillemots. It impresses me that so many birds live among the busy port of Vancouver.
The students took quickly to bird identification and soon they were calling out the names of the common species. They endured wet snow, hail and cold winds. They learned how difficult it is to estimate a large moving flock of birds in a rocking boat. We towed a plankton net for a few minutes to look at the plankton in the harbour. One of the students said it was the best day of the course. Getting outside on a boat to watch birds is a lot of fun.
Our foundation is on the lookout of ways to assist young people in their careers. We are always looking at how to open doors for them, find some support, and build confidence in what they are doing. Moments like today can change lives.