Birding in British Columbia
Greetings, let me welcome you to Birding in British Columbia web site. I'm the System Administrator, Kevin Slagboom and I'm a long time resident of Victoria, B.C.In Natural History circles, my interests range from birding and wildlife study to botany and geology however I've been actively birding since 1995.
The Birding Victoria/Birding in British Columbia project began out of my enjoyment in Birding and the outdoors. For my interests, the project offered me an opportunity to network and correspond with others who also enjoy the pastime. As well, I felt I could contribute to the local birding community with an information resource that supports birders. The site's purpose is to be used as an companion tool for beginners and tourists as well as a means to post notices, field notes and announcements for the BC birding community.
One of the great and wonderful things about publishing the Birding in BC and subsequent websites is that I've met so many new people. I've had many positive comments from birder's all over the world. It's great to help from new people and I'm always happy to assist their interests where I can.
As for my birding highlights, I've managed to add some rarer Victoria birds including a RUFF, an Asian species rare for N.A. and SAY's PHOEBE rare to the Victoria area. Also had a great trip to Strathcona Park to see VANCOUVER ISLAND WHITE-TAILED PTARMIGAN and GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH. From abroad, I've enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience to bird the Waikamoi Preserve, Maui and observe a number of endemic "endangered" birds of Hawaii and visit remnant original Hawaiian forest ('Ohi'a and Koa trees with a fern understory.) I have also travelled to the Netherlands and biked and walked through a wide range of habitats to enjoy viewing many European species.
My professional expertise includes computers, photography, writing, graphic design, web page design, and web site administration. For now, I enjoy volunteering my time to maintain this site and hopefully it will continue to evolve and develop into a well rounded birding resource.
Enjoy your wildlife experience and good birding!