There's going to be a Birdwatching Backpack launch party in Ladner

Birdwatching is coming to Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL).

Fifty Birdwatching Backpacks will be available to library customers starting Monday, July 15, and will circulate between FVRL’s 25 library locations.

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FVRL cardholders will be able to sign out backpacks at no cost for a one-week loan period. For more details, or to place holds starting July 15, visit www.fvrl.ca/birdwatching.

Each Birdwatching Backpack will contain:

The new collection is the result of a partnership between the library and Wild Birds Unlimited – Vancouver, with the support of the City of Delta and Bird Studies Canada.

Birdwatching Backpacks are part of the FVRL Playground– a collection of non-traditional lending items and in-library experiences that support STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Birdwatching Backpacks are a welcome addition to the Playground, as they promote a greater understanding of ecology, biodiversity and the environment.

Birdwatching (now often called “birding”) is one of the fastest growing pastimes in North America.

“The Fraser Valley offers so many great opportunities for birdwatching, right here in our own backyard,” said Heather Scoular, FVRL director of customer experience. “Now everyone can try out this relaxing and educational activity without investing in expensive equipment or books. It’s free for anyone with a library card.”

Interested in learning more about birdwatching? Then check out FVRL’s Birdwatching Backpack launch party at Ladner Pioneer Library (4683 51 Street, Delta) on Friday, July 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. Explore the new collection, hear from local experts and enjoy family-friendly activities, including a special presentation by the OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.

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