Christmas Bird Count Season
Vœux des Fêtes
“Birds At Risk”
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Happy Christmas Bird Count
2014 – The 115th annual
Christmas Bird Count
begins this weekend! From December 14 through January 5, more than
13,000 people across Canada – and over 70,000 continent-wide – will
volunteer for the world’s longest-running Citizen Science wildlife
census. The results of this crucial program help Audubon, Bird Studies
Canada, and others assess the health of bird populations and guide
Visit our website to
find a Canadian count near you.
We also hope you will consider making a gift to
the Christmas Bird Count in Canada. Your donation will
directly fund Bird Studies Canada’s vital national role in leading the
program here and interpreting the results. With your help, we can
continue to monitor winter bird populations from coast to coast.
Thank you for helping us conserve birds and biodiversity. Happy
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Season’s Greetings and Our Holiday Schedule
Brown Thrasher Photo: Ric Hornsby
12 December 2014 – All of us
at Bird Studies Canada would like to thank you for supporting bird
science and conservation, and to wish you happy holidays. This is
our final edition of Latest News for 2014.
If you wish to make a charitable gift before the tax year ends on
make your online donation here!
Please note: Bird Studies Canada offices will be closed from
December 24-January 2, reopening at 8:30 a.m. on January 5, 2015.
Enjoy some year-end birds and birding – then resolve to help
understand and protect them further in 2015. Season’s Greetings, and
Happy New Year!
Vœux et horaire du temps des Fêtes
12 décembre 2014 – Le présent
numéro de Latest News est le dernier de 2014. Veuillez
prendre note que nos bureaux seront fermés du 24 décembre au 2
janvier et que nous réouvrirons nos portes le 5 janvier 2015, à 8 h
30. Nous vous remercions d’appuyer nos initiatives de recherches et
de conservation. Joyeux Noël et Bonne année de la part de tous les
membres d’Études d’Oiseaux Canada!
Staff and Volunteer Positions Available
10 December 2014 – Canadian
Migration Monitoring Network (CMMN) stations across the country have
wrapped up successful fall monitoring seasons and are now planning
ahead for 2015. Visit the
Migration Monitoring Network webpage for more information
about stations near you and volunteer opportunities offered.
Population trends, seasonal abundance graphs, and other summary
statistics from the CMMN are available from
Bird Studies Canada’s Long Point Bird Observatory and Thunder Cape
Bird Observatory are accepting applications for staff and volunteer
positions. Please visit the
page of our website for details.
Grant Supports Migration Research
5 December 2014 – Western
University Ph.D. candidate Tara Crewe has been awarded funding from
Accelerate Program for a postdoctoral fellowship with
Western University in partnership with Bird Studies Canada and Lotek
Wireless Inc. The funding, valued at $105,000 over a 28-month term,
will support research on landscape-level movement patterns of
migratory animals using the
Tracking System, a program of Bird Studies Canada in
partnership with Acadia University, Western University, and the
University of Guelph. Tara’s work will be co-supervised by BSC’s
Senior Scientist Dr. Denis Lepage, Dr. Yolanda Morbey (Western
University), and Dr. Phil Taylor (Bird Studies Canada Chair of
Ornithology at Acadia University).
No Bird is an Island
Red-necked Phalarope Photo: Harold
2 December 2014 – Population
declines over the last four decades, in combination with a variety
of threats, led the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife
in Canada (COSEWIC) to assess three bird species as Special Concern.
At their fall meeting held in Ottawa from November 23-28, COSEWIC
assessed the status of the Red-necked Phalarope, Cassin’s Auklet,
and Ancient Murrelet.
The latter two species are colonial seabirds that nest in burrows
on islands in British Columbia. Their ground-nesting habit exposes
adults, eggs, and nestlings to intense levels of predation from
introduced predators, like rats and raccoons. Although predator
control has been exercised successfully on some islands, ongoing
surveillance and control of introduced predators are needed to
maintain these seabird species in western Canada.
website to learn more about these status assessments, as
well as those for the 33 other species of flora and fauna that were
assessed at the meeting.
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NS “Birds At Risk” Profiled in New Documentary
10 December 2014
– A new television documentary explores how birding communities are
coming together to understand why some species are declining, and how to
protect them from disappearing altogether. “Birds At Risk,” produced by
Tell Tale Productions and CBC Television, examines the health of bird
populations and profiles several passionate people engaged in bird
research, monitoring, and conservation in Nova Scotia.
The piece features a number of at-risk species, and the people and
programs dedicated to their recovery. Two Bird Studies Canada
initiatives are highlighted. BSC’s Nova Scotia Program Coordinator Sue
Abbott is interviewed about our
NS Piping Plover
Conservation Program, and our Aerial Insectivore Conservation
Program Coordinator Holly Lightfoot speaks about
“Birds At Risk” had its world broadcast premiere last weekend on
Land & Sea. Visit the CBC website to
watch the documentary online.
Niagara River Corridor IBA
Photo: Jean Iron
2014 – On November 29, a dozen volunteers participated in a
new census organized by Bird Studies Canada’s Ontario Important Bird and
Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Program. The birders descended on the
River Corridor IBA to count the gulls and waterfowl that depend
on the IBA as an important staging and wintering area.
Their final tally included nearly 6000 individuals for each of
Bonaparte’s Gull and Herring Gull – representing about 1.5 % of the
world population of Bonaparte’s Gull, and 1.5% of the North American
population of Herring Gulls. They also recorded seven other gull species
and many waterfowl species. The census used the new
IBA Canada eBird protocol to streamline data entry.
Bird Studies Canada thanks all the volunteers, the Ontario Field
Ornithologists for logistical support, and Environment Canada and the
Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting the IBA Program. The
successful 2014 count paves the way for an expanded 2015 census, which
we hope will cover both sides of this international IBA!
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