The Maritimes Breeding
Bird Atlas is Here!
6 May 2016
– Bird Studies Canada is pleased to report that the
Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of the
Maritime Provinces has arrived! This new publication is the
most comprehensive and current information source on the status of the
breeding birds of the Maritimes – their distribution, abundance,
habitats, and conservation. The book is beautifully illustrated by some
of the finest Maritimes wildlife photographers, and includes detailed
Over 1300 volunteers contributed 48,000 hours of survey effort, and
260,000 records for 222 species of breeding birds. Bird Studies Canada
thanks all our atlas partners, the project’s many generous donors, and
the huge atlas team of enthusiastic Citizen Scientists. This project was
undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
The Maritimes breeding bird atlas is now shipping. Those who have
purchased copies should receive them within one to two weeks. Those who
opted for pick-up in the Maritimes or Ontario will be contacted soon
with details about upcoming events. A limited number will be available
for new sales (in English or French) at a price of $72. For more
information, contact our Atlantic Program Manager Laura Tranquilla at
BC Breeding Bird Atlas
6 May 2016
– We are delighted to announce the completion of the
Atlas of the Breeding Birds of
British Columbia, Canada’s first online bird atlas! More
than 1500 high-quality maps and graphs show precisely where each species
occurs, how common it is, and which types of landscapes it breeds in.
The atlas is packed with innovative, user-friendly features, and is an
entirely free new resource designed for almost everyone – from
environmental professionals and researchers to birdwatchers, educators,
With 630,000 records of 320 species, it is now the go-to
source of bird information for environmental assessments, and is
informing purchase and management priorities for conservation and
industrially-managed lands. The dataset is also being widely used for
Special thanks to the 30 authors, 20 editors, 45 coordinators, 1300
dedicated field volunteers, 30 photographers, and 150 generous partners
and supporters! This project was undertaken with the financial support
of the Government of Canada.
Vancouver Celebrates Bird
6 May 2016
– Vancouver Bird Week
opens this weekend! There will be bird-related events from May 7-14.
Bird Studies Canada is excited to be part of the festivities with our
Our BC program manager Dr. David Bradley is leading several free
guided bird walks, including “Birds
and Plants: A Walk in the Garden” at the UBC Botanical Gardens
(Saturday, May 7 at noon); “Dawn
Chorus Walks” at Queen Elizabeth Park (morning of Sunday, May
8), and an “Owl
Prowl” at Pacific Spirit Regional Park (Monday, May 9 at 8:30
p.m.). We are also celebrating International Migratory Bird Day on
Saturday, May 14 by holding a “Big
Day” birding event with Nature Vancouver.
Join us for a very special gathering on Wednesday, May 11 when Bird
Studies Canada hosts an exclusive screening of the documentary
The Messenger at the Rio Theatre! David Suzuki will be there
to introduce the film. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session
featuring our president Steven Price.
2016 Nightjar Surveys
27 April 2016
– Bird Studies Canada is collaborating with WildResearch on the
Survey, a Citizen Science survey program for Common Nighthawk,
Common Poorwill, and Eastern Whip-poor-will.
Volunteer nightjar surveyors are wanted in six regions across
Canada. Signing up for a route will require about two hours of surveying
and one hour of data entry, must be completed once per year between June
15 and July 15, and will follow a new standardized national nightjar
survey protocol. Most routes are along existing Breeding Bird Survey
routes. Data will be made publicly available on Bird Studies Canada’s
Visit the survey website to learn more or
contact your Regional Coordinator.