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.
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:
- A pair of Vortex Crossfire binoculars with soft case
- The National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America
- British Columbia Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species
- A laminated birdwatching guide with helpful tips and a backpack parts list.
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.