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20 March 2015 
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Ornithology Meeting Coming to Wolfville, NS in July

20 March 2015 – The Society of Canadian Ornithologists, Association of Field Ornithologists, and Wilson Ornithological Society will hold their 2015 Joint Annual Meeting July 15-19 at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The scientific program includes plenary sessions by Dr. Erica Dunn and Dr. James Dwyer. Bird Studies Canada will have a strong presence at two symposia: “Sharing successes, challenges, and techniques for measuring conservation outcomes” (co-convened by our Nova Scotia Program Coordinator Sue Abbott), and “Atlantic Canada and the Gulf of Maine: a nexus for migratory birds” (convened by Dr. Phil Taylor, Bird Studies Canada Chair of Ornithology at Acadia University).
   April 1 is the deadline for abstract submission and early bird registration

Protect North America’s Bird Nursery

16 March 2015 – The “Boreal Birds Need Half” campaign seeks to protect at least half of North America’s boreal forest as soon as possible. It’s the critical breeding ground for billions of birds, home to abundant wildlife, and is the largest unspoiled forest remaining on Earth. Bird Studies Canada, the Boreal Songbird Initiative, Ducks Unlimited, and other top bird and conservation groups across North America have endorsed this campaign.
   Visit the Boreal Birds Need Half website to learn more or sign the endorsement. You can also read a CBC News story by Margo McDiarmid.

Partnership Aims to Conserve the Canada Warbler

Photo: Julia Gamble

16 March 2015 – The Canada Warbler has been featured on Bird Studies Canada’s logo much longer than it has been federally recognized as a Threatened species. More than 80% of the global population breeds in Canada. Since 1970, about 75% of the population has disappeared.
   Bird Studies Canada is in our third year of helping prepare a hemisphere-wide conservation plan for this species. Our Director of National Programs Jon McCracken helped lead the third international summit of the Canada Warbler Working Group last week in Ottawa, Canada, following up on last September’s session in Bogota, Colombia.
   Thanks to support from Swarovski Optik, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Environment Canada, Nature Canada, and others, the meeting was attended by over 30 participants from across Canada and the U.S., who focussed on gaining a better understanding of questions that are most relevant to conservation of Canada Warblers outside their wintering areas.

Partenariat pour la conservation de la Paruline du Canada

16 mars 2015 – La Paruline du Canada agrémentait le logo d’Études d’Oiseaux depuis fort longtemps lorsque le gouvernement fédéral l’a classée parmi les espèces menacées. Plus de 80 % de la population mondiale de l’oiseau se reproduit au Canada. Depuis 1970, environ 75 % des effectifs ont disparu.
   Pour la troisième année consécutive, Études d’Oiseaux Canada collabore à l’établissement d’un plan de conservation de l’espèce à l’échelle de l’hémisphère. Notre directeur des programmes nationaux, Jon McCracken, a pris part à l’animation du troisième sommet mondial de l’initiative internationale de conservation de la Paruline du Canada qui a été tenu la semaine dernière à Ottawa, au Canada, pour donner suite à la réunion de septembre dernier, qui a eu lieu, à Bogotá, en Colombie.
   La réunion a entre autres bénéficié du soutien de la Swarovski Optik, de la Sustainable Forestry Initiative, d’Environnement Canada et de Nature Canada. Plus de 30 participants de l’ensemble du Canada et des États-Unis ont assisté à la rencontre qui visait à préciser davantage les questions les plus pertinentes en matière de conservation des Parulines Canada hors de leurs aires d’hivernage.

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Join Us for the 2015 Great Canadian Birdathon!

20 March 2015 – Bird Studies Canada challenges you to join the 2015 Great Canadian Birdathon.
   This spring, the time you spend birding can help the birds. Participating is easy: simply register, ask your friends and family to support your effort, choose any day in May and go birding. The funds you raise support bird conservation across Canada.
   We thank all our Birdathon participants for raising awareness and funds to help birds!

Le Grand Birdathon

20 mars 2015 – Ce printemps, si vous participez au Grand Birdathon, les oiseaux que vous observerez pourraient en bénéficier directement! En participant, vous aiderez à préserver l’avifaune et la biodiversité d’un bout à l’autre du Canada!
   Il est très facile de participer. Il vous suffit de vous faire parrainer et d’observer les oiseaux.
   Nous vous remercions d’appuyer nos initiatives de recherches et de conservation.

What are Songbird Declines Telling Us?

Indigo Bunting Photo: SongbirdSOS Productions

20 March 2015 – Did you catch SongbirdSOS this week on CBC’s The Nature of Things? The documentary, which you can now watch online, tells the story of alarming songbird declines in the Americas, caused by a human-made perfect storm of negligence and unintended consequences.
   What can you do to help? As the National Outreach Partner for this film, Bird Studies Canada is pleased to share our list of the Top 6 Ways You Can Help Birds
   You can also help us spread the word about The Messenger, a related feature documentary premiering April 28 at the Hot Docs festival, and coming soon to theatres across North America. The filmmakers journeyed from northern Boreal Forests to the base of Turkey’s Mount Ararat and the streets of New York to document threats to songbirds in our changing world, and the efforts of ecologists and enthusiasts who are working for change.
   You can help this important film take flight. Contribute to The Messenger on Indiegogo before March 31 to support the outreach campaign, and receive great perks such as a Bird Studies Canada membership, a subscription to BirdLife International’s magazine, tickets to screenings, signed books, artwork, or an exclusive guided bird walk!

Opportunities to Join Our Amazing Team

20 March 2015 – Would you like to work for Canada’s leading national charitable organization dedicated to bird science and conservation? Bird Studies Canada is currently accepting applications for several positions, including a British Columbia Programs Coordinator, an Acting Ontario Program Manager (one-year contract), a part-time Assistant Controller, and seasonal field technicians for programs in Atlantic Canada.
   Please visit our Job Opportunities page for more information or to apply.

Remembering Jim Woodford, LPBO Co-Founder

16 March 2015 – We’re sorry to report that Jim Woodford, a lifelong birdwatcher, naturalist, and environmentalist, passed away on March 14.
   Jim was one of the founding pioneers of Long Point Bird Observatory. Jim and his wife Pat were part of the small group of birders and banders who first visited the Tip of Long Point on Thanksgiving weekend 1959, and who went on to launch the observatory in the spring of 1960. Jim and Pat were actively involved in all aspects of developing and running the observatory in its early years. They remained keen supporters of LPBO in the ensuing decades.
   Jim was a former executive director of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists (now Ontario Nature) and authored several books. After retiring in 1995 from conservation-related work and writing, he earned a diploma in addictions counselling. He went on to work in the detox units at Toronto Western and St. Michael’s hospitals, and volunteered with Hospice Orillia and at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.
   Jim will be fondly remembered and missed by those who knew him. A celebration of his life will be held at Carden Alvar in late May.

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Can You Help Us Find Chorus Frogs in Ontario?

19 March 2015 If you’re able to identify Western Chorus Frog calls, you can help us learn more about the distribution and habitat of this species, which is threatened with extinction in central Ontario. Over the next month, please keep track of where you hear chorus frogs and report your information online to the Ontario Chorus Frog and Marsh Bird Species at Risk Project. Bird Studies Canada is interested in learning more about where chorus frogs occur throughout Ontario, and we’re especially keen for reports from targeted locations along Lake Ontario.
   You can also assist by conducting frog surveys for our Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program. Survey previously-monitored routes near your home, or create a new survey route at a location where chorus frogs are currently found. We will use the information, in part, to improve habitat for chorus frogs on private land.
   This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.

Great Lakes MMP Workshop at Wye Marsh

18 March 2015 – Join Bird Studies Canada’s Doug Tozer and Kathy Jones on Saturday, April 11 for a Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program workshop at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland, Ontario. Whether you’re a new naturalist or a registered surveyor, all are welcome. But space is limited! If you would like to participate, please register online.
   This event is supported by the Government of Canada’s Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund and the Nottawasaga Conservation Authority.

New Expo Invites You to Get Outdoors

16 March 2015 – If you’re in the London, Ontario area, we invite you to join Bird Studies Canada at the first-ever Go Wild - Grow Wild expo on April 18!
   The event, organized by the Carolinian Canada Coalition, features more than 100 booths, displays, workshops, and activities highlighting all the wonderful things the region has to offer. Visitors will have the opportunity to pick up a list of hiking trails, chat with expert paddleboarders about their favourite spots, buy native plants from trusted vendors, get gardening tips, sample local wine, and check out a workshop or exhibit where the whole family can learn something that inspires your next adventure.
   The Go Wild - Grow Wild 2015 Expo runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on April 18 at the Agriplex Arena, Western Fair District.

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