Birdwatching ExplorePACKS

The Richmond Public Library is pleased to announce the arrival of our Birdwatching ExplorePACKS. Any adult or teen with a RPL library card may borrow the ExplorePACKS.

The Birdwatching ExplorePACK is a bird watching starter pack, perfect for a fun and educational way to spend time outdoors and appreciate nature!

Each Birdwatching ExplorePACK contains:

  • Crossfire 8×42 binoculars with lens cap, strap and a soft case;
  • National Geographic field guide to the birds of Western North America
  • Pacific authentic Richmond BC birding map;
  • Map-guide to the common birds of Vancouver
  • British Columbia birds: a folding pocket guide to familiar species.
  • Discover Richmond: birds
  • List of resources on birdwatching
  • Satisfaction survey

We now have a Two person Birdwatching ExplorePACK that includes:

  • Two Crossfire 8×42 binoculars with lens cap, strap, and a soft case
  • Sibley’s Backyard Birds of the Pacific Northwest book

These kits are made possible by the generous donation of Birds Canada, Wild Birds Unlimited, Vortex Optics, and Environment, Climate Change Canada and through the generous work of James Casey, Fraser Estuary Specialist and Birds Canada.

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To find out more about Birds Canada’s, education initiatives, and conservation work, please visit for more information about the Birdwatching backpack, please call Richmond Public Library at (604) 231-6422, or ask about it the next time you visit.

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BC Bird Trail

BC Bird Trail has been developed as the leading source of information on attractions, activities, and accommodations related to birdwatching travel in BC.

BC Nature: Federation of BC Naturalists

BC Nature is a federation of local nature clubs, representing more than 56 local nature clubs throughout BC.

Biodiversity Bingo Game

A family guide to birds in Vancouver, including a bird bingo game.

Bird Checklist – Avibase

Avibase – Bird Checklists of the World is an online database that organizes bird taxonomic and distribution data globally.

Birds Brochure & Checklist

A checklist by the City of Richmond for local birdwatchers.

Birds Canada

Birds Canada is an organization dedicated to increasing the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of birds in Canada.

Boreal Songbird Initiative

Boreal Songbird Initiative is dedicated to education and outreach about the importance of the boreal forest to North America’s birds.

Find a Birdwatching buddy!

Birdingpal provides birding contacts and birdwatching information within BC.

Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve Society

GBHNRS offers educational programs to the community and to protect the significant natural features – including habitat for the Pacific Great Blue Heron and multiple other species at risk.

Map of Birding Areas

A Tourism Richmond outline of popular birding areas locally.

Pacific Wildlife Foundation

An organization dedicated to the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems. Projects include: Migration of Seaducks and Migratory Shorebirds.

Stewardship Centre for BC

The Stewardship Centre for BC aims to strengthen ecological stewardship in BC by providing educational, technical and capacity programs.

Vancouver Avian Research Society

VARC’s mission is to nurture nature’s recovery through the provision of scientific data, action-driven education and conservation tools.

Wild Bird Trust

Wild Bird Trust provides wild birds with sanctuary through ecological protection and restoration, and supports communities with education, culture, and reconciliation programs.

Wild Birds Unlimited – Vancouver

A business which provides products and activities to support the hobby of backyard bird feeding.


WildResearch’s mission is to build, train, and educate a community that contributes to conservation science.

Birdwatching Apps

Audubon Bird Guide

The Audubon Bird Guide is a field guide to over 800 species of North American birds.


eBird is an online database of bird observations providing users with real-time data about bird distribution and abundance.

Merlin Bird ID

Merlin Bird ID is a global bird guide that includes photos, sounds, and maps.

Seek by iNaturalist

Seek uses the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals.

At the Library

Bird Storytime Kit

This kit contains a variety of bird themed materials to help early childhood educators deliver fun and effective reading readiness programs for preschool age children!

RPL Bird Bingo Game

A bird bingo game and bird feature identification guide.

Staff Picks

Birds of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest

Cannings, Richard J.

What It's Like to Be A Bird

Sibley, David

How to Know the Birds

Floyd, Ted

The Birds of Vancouver Island's West Coast

Dorst, Adrian

Best Places to Bird in British Columbia

Cannings, Russell

Vancouver Birds

Kavanagh, James