About Us

About Us
Welcome to the Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC).

VARC is a Registered Canadian Charity (#82118 2656 RR0001) dedicated to wild bird RESEARCH, CONSERVATION and EDUCATION.

Mission statement:

Using birds as its focus, VARC’s mission is to nurture nature’s recovery through the provision of scientific data, action-driven education and conservation tools. In this manner, VARC fosters behavioural change in individuals, educational institutions and policymakers.

Vision Statement

VARCs vision is an enduring and thriving future for birds delivered via actions taken by individuals to protect the natural world in the places where they live, work and study.

Theory of Change

If we connect individuals and policymakers to birds and nature through action-driven education and conservation they will become more aware of their impact on birds and nature and create change in their households and broader communities in order to protect them.

These statements drive our actions in the areas of Research, Conservation and Education:


We believe that research, monitoring and data collection are vital in guiding successful management action for habitat conservation.


We are committed to taking positive action for change and to use the knowledge and data we collect to influence policy makers at local, provincial and federal levels.


We strongly believe that education is the first step in safeguarding birds and their habitats. We offer an extensive variety of public outreach programs, lectures and workshops for both adults and youth, to raise awareness of environmental issues as they relate to birds.