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20 November 2015 
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Support the Christmas Bird Count!

20 November 2015 – It’s time to plan for the Christmas Bird Count! Every year between December 14 and January 5, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Western Hemisphere help monitor populations of wintering birds – including more than 10,000 Canadian birders at over 450 count circles.
   Visit Bird Studies Canada’s website to find a count near you. If you’d like to set up a new count in your community, contact Canadian Christmas Bird Count coordinator Mike Burrell at
   Read our national summary of last season’s Christmas Bird Count in Canada on Bird Studies Canada’s website. For regional summaries from last year’s count, visit the Audubon website
   Because we no longer charge mandatory participation fees, Bird Studies Canada relies on donations to make the Christmas Bird Count possible here in Canada. Your gift is tax-deductible and directly funds national coordination, data collection, and analysis. Please donate online or mail a cheque to Bird Studies Canada with a note that the funds are for the Christmas Bird Count. We really appreciate your support!

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Catch Us on the Rick Mercer Report!

Photo: Elaine Secord

20 November 2015 – Bird Studies Canada recently hosted a visit from the prominent satirist and television personality Rick Mercer. We were honoured to have the opportunity to chat with him at our national office in Port Rowan, Ontario about birds and conservation, and to introduce him to migration monitoring research at our Long Point Bird Observatory. To see the segment, tune in to the Rick Mercer Report on CBC TV on Tuesday, December 1! Or you can stream the video online in the days following the broadcast by visiting the Rick Mercer Report YouTube channel

Christmas Bird Count for Kids!

20 November 2015 – Celebrate winter birds by participating in the Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids), a fun birdwatching event for young birders and their families. There are many ways to participate! To find an event near you, visit the CBC4Kids Events Map; coordinate a CBC4Kids in your area; or follow CBC4Kids events on social media using the hashtag #CBC4Kids.
   We thank the many coordinators and volunteers across the country for providing opportunities for youth to connect with nature, and contribute to important Citizen Science for birds! In Canada, the 2015 CBC4Kids season is generously supported by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
   For more information, please contact Bird Studies Canada at or 1-888-448-2473. In the U.S., contact our CBC4Kids partners at Sonoma Birding at

Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas Heads to the Printer!

20 November 2015 – The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of the Maritime Provinces describes the distribution and abundance of 222 bird species that nest in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. This atlas is one of the largest wildlife monitoring projects ever undertaken in the region. About 1300 volunteers contributed over 48,000 hours of survey effort! The beautifully-illustrated book includes 350 full-colour photographs, 800 vibrant maps, and informative species narratives.
   After years of fieldwork, analyses, and production, we’re delighted to announce that the book is heading to print and will be ready for distribution by mid-winter. If you’ve already ordered the atlas, thank you very much! If your address has changed since ordering, please email updated delivery information to to ensure your atlas finds you. For all other atlas-related questions, contact
   There will be a limited print run. Don’t miss your chance to own this important book. It also makes an excellent gift! To secure your copy, order online on the atlas website by December 18, 2015.
   Many thanks to everyone who has supported this monumental project! Details on book launch events are coming soon.

CMMN Welcomes Two New Member Stations

10 November 2015 – Two new locations have joined the cross-Canada array of sites contributing standardized migration count data to the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. The Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Landbird Monitoring Station, located in southeastern Alberta, is a satellite operation of the Calgary Bird Banding Society. The McKellar Island Bird Observatory, located near the city of Thunder Bay in northwestern Ontario, is a project of the Save Our Songbirds organization.
   Pilot work at the Cypress Hills location started in 2010. The McKellar Island site has operated since 2014. Over the next few years, these provisional member stations will work toward developing the organizational capacity and resources needed to operate as long-term monitoring stations.

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Piping Plover Stewardship in Atlantic Canada

20 November 2015 – Human activities on beaches threaten the recovery of endangered Piping Plovers in Atlantic Canada. One of the main objectives of Bird Studies Canada’s Piping Plover Conservation Program is to reduce human-caused threats on about 30 nesting beaches in Nova Scotia and southeastern New Brunswick.
   Motorized vehicles pose one of the most serious threats to nesting plovers and chicks. Annual monitoring of threats on beaches consistently shows that New Brunswick has one of the highest levels of vehicle use in the region. Since 2013, surveys in southeastern NB have detected a small but steady decrease in the average number of vehicles on beaches. Tracking threats in conjunction with biological indicators helps inform targeted educational outreach activities and enforcement efforts by provincial and federal partners.
   This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.

Special London, ON Screening of The Messenger

16 November 2015The Messenger tells the story of alarming songbird declines, and the range of human-made threats that birds face in our changing world.
   As the Canadian impact and outreach partner for this powerful feature documentary, Bird Studies Canada is part of a screening at Western University on Thursday, November 26. If you can, please join us there!
   A few of our staff will participate in this special event, including our Biologist & Science Educator Jody Allair, who will speak about our partnership on the impact campaign for The Messenger. He’ll be part of the Q&A session following the screening, which will also include Dr. Chris Guglielmo, Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, Dr. Christy Morrissey, Michael Mesure, and the film’s director Su Rynard.
   You can purchase tickets online on the Western website.

Monitoring PEI Marshes

12 November 2015 – This spring and summer, the Prince Edward Island Wildlife Conservation Fund (PEI WCF) supported fieldwork by Bird Studies Canada’s Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program on Prince Edward Island. Our technicians ground-truthed and surveyed five marshes across the island, from Mill River to Souris, and detected more than 60 wetland-associated bird species! To continue this work, PEI WCF has provided additional funding to host a volunteer training workshop in early 2016. Islanders, stay tuned for timing and location details!
   The Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and Ducks Unlimited Canada.


Bird-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas


The holiday season is coming soon! Looking for gifts that support bird research and conservation?

A gift membership in Project FeederWatch makes an excellent present for bird lovers. By counting the kinds and numbers of birds at their feeders, participants help our scientists monitor and protect winter bird populations. Joining is easy, and you don’t need to be an expert to get involved!

For a donation of $35 or more, you’ll receive a Bird Studies Canada gift membership, participation in our Citizen Science programs, fun and informative project materials, and a subscription to our BirdWatch Canada magazine. Sign up online or call us toll-free at 1-888-448-2473 ext. 121. Please order by December 1.

One way coffee lovers can help songbirds is by choosing more bird-friendly shade-grown, organic beans. Shop online for The Messenger Blend, a sweet, earthy medium roast. Birds and Beans donates 10% from each bag sold to Bird Studies Canada.

Thank you for your support!


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