Bird watching (or birding) is an activity for people of all ages and abilities, and our Birding Backpacks are for beginner birders, avid birders, and people who are just curious to try. Bird with your family, with friends, or on your own. Try identifying birds, as well as other things in nature, like plants, flowers, butterflies and moths.
Each Birding Backpack comes equipped with:
- A set of binoculars with a case
- Binoculars guide sheet
- The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
- The Birder's Guide to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland
- Seasonal Checklist: Birds of Greater Vancouver, BC by Nature Vancouver
- Vancouver Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species in Greater Vancouver
- British Columbia Trees & Wildflowers: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Plants
- Butterflies & Moths: A Folding Pocket Guide To Familiar North American Species
The Birding Backpack is part of our Curiosity Collection and supports STEAM learning through observation of the natural world.
To borrow a Birding Backpack all you need is your library card. You can borrow a Birding Backpack for 28 days.
- You can bird any time of the year!
- Some of the best places to bird in Burnaby are Burnaby Lake, Burnaby Mountain and Deer Lake.
- If you wear glasses, collapse the eye cups on your binoculars by twisting left or right for easier viewing.
- If you are looking at a bird, bring your binoculars up to your eyes without taking your eyes off the bird. Note some other feature or landmark near the bird's location and where the bird is in relation to it. This will give you another reference point.
- Protect habitat by using trails, pathways and roadsides to avoid trampling vegetation and degrading habitat.
- Bird responsibly wherever you are and have fun!
Find more tips and information in the birding backpack.