Q: What is birding?

A: Birding, more commonly referred to as Birdwatching, is the observation of birds as a form of recreation and hobby. It is a widely enjoyed sport and another great way to immerse oneself in the outdoors. Birding commonly involves identification of birds by sight, sound and habitat and/or photography, however, simply enjoying the company of nature and our feathered friends is really all you need!

Q: What does the UBC Birding Club do?

A: Our club organizes bird watching field trips around various Metro Vancouver birding hotspots such as at Stanley Park, Maplewood Flats and George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, fundraisers for conservation efforts and occasional group gatherings. When and where our trips will occur depend on many factors, such as transportation availability and weather conditions.

Q. Why did you create this club?

A. (Jasper Tam, club founder) I created this club because I wanted to promote bird watching to students at UBC! Bird Watching is often associated with the older demographic. I got started with bird watching when I was forced to learn about birds while volunteering at the Stanley Park Ecology Society, after volunteering for a while, I started to develop my interest for bird watching because it is a very rewarding activity! We hope that through this club, we can give students some basic bird knowledge that they can further develop shall they decide it is something they really like.

Q: Do I have to have any experience with birdwatching?

A: Absolutely not! We welcome birders of all levels. For absolute beginners, we host informal classes and provide resources to springboard you into your journey as a birder we hope will last a lifetime!

Q: What equipment do I need?


  • Not much at all! Our club supplies binoculars and bird identification guide books during the events to let you get started without spending any money on equipment. Quantities are limited, so we recommend supplying your very own equipment if you can.
    • When buying binoculars, the two number classification shows the magnification and the diameter of the objective lens; e.g. 8×21 would mean that the magnification is 8x and the diameter of the lens is 21mm. The bigger the first number, the closer you see the object, the bigger the second number, the larger the “hole” that you see through because more more light is let in
    • If you would like to purchase a Bird Identification guide for your iPhone/iPod touch or Android device, here are some great apps that include information, pictures, bird calls, very very handy:

iBird Explorer
(iPhone/iPod touch)
iBird Pro
  • Here is a bird identification guide book that we recommend:
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

Q: How do I join?

A: We charge a slight membership fee of $5. In doing so, you will obtain a UBC Birding Club Membership Card which is good for 8 months (September – April), access to our club’s bird watching field trips (with some discounts if their are admission costs involved) and bird watching equipment during field trips, .

You may join us on Clubs Days, held September of each year in the Student Union Building (UBC). If you cannot join us on clubs days, you may email us at ubcbirdingclub@gmail.com and we can make arrangements. Thank you for your interest!