Become a Conservation Partner

Research has proven that the health of bird populations is an accurate indicator of environmental change. RPBO is the only organization conducting long-term monitoring of bird populations in the South Coast region and is a vital link in the research that allows scientists to measure the health of, and changes to, our environment.

Given the alarming, large-scale decline in bird populations and the loss, fragmentation and degradation of native habitats, the need for rigorous bird monitoring is greater than ever.

2024 Vancouver Island Big Year - with Liam Ragan

Big Year CampaignA "big year" is a challenge birders undertake to identify as many species of birds as possible, either by sight or sound, within a specific geographic area during a single calendar year. Liam Ragan has set a personal goal to see 275 species of birds on Vancouver Island in 2024. The previous record of 268 was achieved by Ann Nightingale in 2016.

Every Feather Counts Campaign

It's easier to influence decision-makers with compelling evidence.

Decisions must also be based on competent analysis of the available data.

RPBO has almost 30 years of experience monitoring bird populations on southern Vancouver Island. Our volunteers and seasonal staff have done an excellent job gathering long-term data. Still, the time has come to mine that data and get important information out to the people making land management decisions that could affect bird populations in the future. We are well placed to be a centre of excellence and resource for bird data, but to do this; we need to hire a full-time registered professional biologist. This will ensure that our recommendations meet scientific and ethical standards and will be considered credible by the recipients.

With the support of donors like you, the position of Science Program Manager has been created, and we are proud to welcome James Kennerley to the role.  

Your donation to this campaign will support our migration monitoring program and the work of our Science Program Manager. Donors like you enable us to contribute knowledge on birds and bird conservation to the science and policy community through the utilization and accessibility of RPBO data.

Please NOTE: Donations cannot be used for membership fees.
If you wish to become a member, please go to our Become a Member page

Help While You Shop

Some local merchants offer programs that support local charities. RPBO has joined two of these programs so when you buy gas at a any of the Co-op Gas stations or your cleaning supplies at The Soap Exchange your purchase can contribute to our operations.

Peninsula Co-opCo-op Gas Stations - When you buy gas from a Co-op Gas station enter RPBO's member number (80246) at the pump and RPBO will receive a rebate at the end of the year.

Soap ExchangeThe Soap Exchange - When you buy soap from the Soap Exchange the store will donate 10% of the net purchase to RPBO. Tell them you'd like to donate to Rocky Point Bird Observatory at checkout.

Bottle DepotYou can have your bottle return refund donated to RPBO at any of the local Bottle Depot return centres. Advise the cashier at the beginning of the transaction that you would like to donate the bottles to RPBO.

Return-ItYou can have your bottle return refund donated to RPBO at either the Esquimalt or Sidney Return It return centres. Advise the cashier at the beginning of the transaction that you would like to donate the bottles to RPBO.

RPBO Endowment Fund

You can also contribute to the RPBO Endowment Fund through the Victoria Foundation.

The Rocky Point Bird Observatory Fund has been established with a contribution of $25,000 by longtime RPBO volunteer and Board member, Dr. Michael Porter.  The Fund, which will serve as an endowment for RPBO, will be managed by the Victoria Foundation. In the future, part of the annual earnings of the Fund will be available to RPBO to be used to support ornithological studies and activities, to stimulate interest in birds and bird studies among young people and students, and to pursue other activities, beyond the normal operations of RPBO, which would otherwise be beyond the means of the organization. RPBO intends to undertake fundraising activities to enable the capital of the Fund to grow over time.

To donate to RPBO, contact the Victoria Foundation.

Michael Porter and David Kelly
Michael Porter (right) and RPBO President David Kelly sign the documents setting up the Rocky Point Bird Observatory Fund, established by Dr. Porter to serve as an endowment for future RPBO activities
Porter Board
A most happy group of RPBO Board members

Back row left to right: Tom Gillespie, Rod Mitchell, David Kelly, Michael Porter, Rick Schortinghuis, Marilyn Lambert, Andy Stewart
Front row left to right: Bander-in-charge Gabriel David, Paul Levesque, Donna Ross, David Allinson
Absent are: Alan Burger, Denise Gubersky, and Jessica Murray

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