Thanks for Supporting the
Christmas Bird Count!
Vermilion Flycatcher Photo: Allen
22 January 2016
– Many thanks to all
Christmas Bird Count participants! The 116th season has ended,
and data are pouring in. It looks like another record year for
participation, with 12 new counts added to the previous season’s
Canadian total of 460.
Many volunteers reported impacts of the warm fall and winter, such
as lingering migrants, particularly in eastern North America. At least
one new species was added to Canada’s all-time list: a Vermilion
Flycatcher on the Wallaceburg, Ontario count.
To check out Christmas Bird Count results on the
by species or by count, click on “Current Year” at the top of the page.
So far, data have been entered for about half the counts.
Bird Studies Canada coordinates the Christmas Bird Count in Canada.
We rely on your donations to lead this important program.
Please donate online.
Get Ready for the 2016 Great
Backyard Bird Count!
Red-tailed Hawk Photo: Peter Ferguson
21 January 2016
– Show how much you care about birds by participating in the 19th annual
Great Backyard Bird Count!
Simply count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the count
days (February12-15), and report your sightings online.
Around the globe, tens of thousands of volunteers – of all ages and
birding skill levels – will participate, wherever they happen to be. If
wintery weather conditions prevent you from venturing out on a walk, you
can even count the birds outside your window! This free, family-friendly
event is fun, provides great opportunities to learn more about birds and
connect with nature, and supports bird conservation.
To learn more, visit the GBBC
website or email our Canadian coordinator Kerrie Wilcox at
By counting the birds in your neighbourhood and sharing your
observations, you can make a difference for birds!
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of Audubon and the
Cornell Lab of Ornithology with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada,
and is supported in Canada by Armstrong Bird Food and Wild Birds
New Issue of Avian
Conservation and Ecology
20 January 2016
– An article co-authored by Bird Studies Canada Chair of Ornithology at
Acadia University Dr. Phil Taylor,
“Gray-cheeked Thrush Distribution and Habitat
Use in a Montane Forest Landscape of Western Newfoundland, Canada,” is among the studies published
in the most recent edition of Avian Conservation and Ecology.
This open-access, fully electronic scientific journal is sponsored by
Bird Studies Canada and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists.
The latest issue also includes six other research papers, as well
as an editorial by Keith Hobson and Ryan Norris on the documentary The
Messenger. Articles include: survival of adult Leach’s Storm-Petrels;
shifts in resident bird communities associated with cloud forest patch
size; sex ratios of Mountain Plovers; representation of disturbance in
roadside sampling in boreal forests; bird feeders and their effects on
bird-window collisions; and effects of Gunnison Sage-Grouse habitat
Visit the ACE website to read the current
issue and past issues.
World Wetlands Day:
18 January 2016
– More than a billion people make a living from wetlands,
including livelihoods from fishing, rice farming, travel, tourism, and
water provision. And wetlands are vital to us in many other ways. They
host a huge variety of life, protect our coastlines, provide natural
sponges against river flooding, and store carbon dioxide to regulate
climate change. Each year on February 2, we honour their importance by
celebrating World Wetlands Day.
Bird Studies Canada staff are working hard on behalf of wetlands
through our Marsh Monitoring Program. Please see below to learn how you can help as a volunteer in the
Maritimes, Québec, or the Great Lakes region. We thank all the
volunteers, partners, and funders who support bird science and wetland
conservation through our Marsh Monitoring Program.
Happy World Wetlands Day!
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