Birding in Ucluelet and Tofino/Vancouver Island Birding

The West Coast of Vancouver Island – between Ucluelet and Tofino – is one of the world’s most amazing bird watching destinations. Situated in the Pacific Flyway, the island offers diverse habitats. Bird life is about habitat. Ucluelet’s rich habitats include ocean waters, rocky shoreline, mudflats and old growth forest. Ukee’s great bird show headlines hundreds of species. These include bald eagles and great blue herons from the seashore, chestnut-backed chickadees and blue Steller’s jays from the forest, and migrant birds including Rufous hummingbirds and orange-crowned warblers.Bird watchers don’t have to leave town to find the bald eagles. Not at all shy, eaglets are frequently spotted in nests right in town.

Every year from late April through May, flocks of sandpipers, plovers, Whimbrels, and many other shorebirds pass through the Tofino area . Thousands stop here to feed and rest as they make their impressive journey from South and Central America northward to their Arctic breeding grounds.

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Often, the Raincoast Education Society will organize bird watching tours or Just Birding Owned and operated by George Bradd. He has an extensive background in bird research and conservation, bird guiding and outdoor recreation and education. George taught environmental science at the North Vancouver Outdoor School and worked for Parks Canada in various positions. Many of his winters have been spent birding in other countries and he has led birding tours in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico, California, Western Australia, and Canada. He has a strong paddling background and worked as a whitewater raft guide in Canada, New Zealand, and Costa Rica. George is fluent in Spanish. Join him for quality experienced guiding in small groups. Enjoying superb west coast Canadian birding by foot, canoe or boat.