Québec Breeding Bird Atlas Update
Willow Ptarmigan Photo: Ron Ridout
15 July 2015 – Five years of data collection for the
Québec Breeding Bird Atlas
in the southern part of the province (south of 50°30ꞌ N) concluded in 2014.
The atlas team has embarked on the next phase, preparing to publish results.
Bird Studies Canada’s National Data Centre and National Geographic Information Systems Laboratory staff
are notably working on the database and developing maps for the species accounts.
In northern Québec, data collection is ongoing to ensure adequate coverage of this vast territory.
Again this year, Bird Protection Québec generously sponsored a field crew.
Visit the BPQ website
to learn more about this team’s experiences. Bird Studies Canada’s
financed through the
Great Canadian Birdathon,
also helped by providing a grant to offset travel costs of volunteer atlassers surveying in the north.
Many of the field crews and volunteers are now back with reports of birds that few of us have the chance to see
during the breeding season, including Willow Ptarmigan, Red-throated Loon, Arctic Tern, Northern Shrike, Horned Lark,
Gray-cheeked Thrush, and American Pipit!
This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
Help Monitor Common Nighthawks in Toronto!
15 July 2015
– This summer, you can help our
Toronto Urban Bird Program
monitor Common Nighthawks as they stream over High Park on their way to southern wintering grounds.
Bring the whole family for Nighthawk Night on August 28 at 6 p.m. (weather permitting; rain date August 29)
to learn about nighthawks and their amazing migration. Enjoy refreshments and a prize raffle, look at museum specimens,
and watch the skies for the real thing! Meet at High Park’s Hawk Hill, just north of the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot.
Chairs and binoculars are encouraged, but not necessary.
Can’t get enough of nighthawks? Bird Studies Canada is also looking for volunteers to help monitor these birds
every evening from August 15 to September 6. Come by for one night, or every night. All are welcome!
For more information, visit our
page or contact Emily Rondel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nighthawk Night is run in partnership with the High Park Nature Centre, with generous support from the
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
2015 American Woodcock Status Report
Photo: Frank & Sandra Horvath
14 July 2015 – The 2015
American Woodcock Population Status report
covering northeastern North America is now available. According to data collected by participants in
Bird Studies Canada’s
American Woodcock Singing-ground Survey,
the number of woodcocks in Ontario declined by 1% per year between 1968 and 2015.
The results also show a 2% annual decline in the province between 2005 and 2015, one of the few times a
significant negative decade-long trend has been seen for the species in Ontario.
Bird Studies Canada thanks everyone who participated in the survey. Ontario volunteers completed 80 survey routes in 2015,
making the province the third-largest provincial or state contributor to the survey – only Michigan (109 routes) and Wisconsin (81 routes)
This program is delivered in Ontario by Bird Studies Canada, in partnership with Environment Canada and the
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Flooding Destroys Plover Nest
30 June 2015
– In recent issues of our enews, we mentioned an active Piping Plover nest on the Toronto Islands –
the first nesting of Piping Plover on the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario in 80 years. Unfortunately,
the nest was destroyed by heavy storms in late June, and it does not appear that the pair will re-nest
at that location. Visit the
Hanlan’s Point Piping Plovers
website for details.
Volunteer wardens provided valuable stewardship services at the site, as well as sharing conservation information
with beach walkers. And the fact that the birds had come from beaches along Georgian Bay and Lake Michigan
reinforces the importance of a regional network of conserved sites.
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