An Exciting Message from
Bird Studies Canada’s President
Photo: Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez
2016 – With your support, Bird Studies Canada is taking
conservation science to the next level, combining cutting-edge
technologies with proven traditional methods. We’ve engaged over 40,000
volunteers annually in Citizen Science, banded nearly 1 million birds at
Long Point Bird Observatory, and followed 27 priority bird species
through migration using our groundbreaking Motus Wildlife Tracking
System. These are achievements you can be proud of.
Please consider making your
year-end gift, if
you haven’t already, to help us build on these successes. Many songbird
populations are declining. Conserving key habitats is one of the most
critical solutions, yet our picture of where birds go during migration
is still incomplete. Fortunately, the Motus system tracks bird movements
with unprecedented detail. With your help, we can track 50 of Canada’s
most threatened species by 2020, allowing us to direct land-conservation
priorities with greater precision.
We invite you to discover some incredible insights the Motus system
has already helped uncover. Please see a new
blog post by our president Steven Price. We extend our warmest
wishes for the holiday season and deepest gratitude for all you do for
What Will You Find on Your
Christmas Bird Count?
2016 – It’s that time of year again! The 117th
Christmas Bird Count
season has just begun.
Find a count near you
to join the 14,000+ volunteers collecting valuable data on winter bird
populations across Canada. Last year, over 2500 counts were held
throughout the Western Hemisphere, including more than 450 in Canada.
Rarities included a Siberian Accentor (BC), a Vermilion Flycatcher (ON),
a Summer Tanager (QC), and a Prairie Warbler (NS).
Please donate online if
you’d like to support the world’s longest-running Citizen Science
census. Your gift will directly fund national coordination, data
collection, and analysis for the Christmas Bird Count in Canada, and
help inform the conservation efforts of Bird Studies Canada and our
Thank you for being part of the Christmas Bird Count! We hope you
Ornithological Congress Coming to Vancouver in 2018
8 December 2016
– The 2018 International Ornithological Congress (IOC) will unite about 2000 scientists
and conservationists from 100 countries around the world. The event will
be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from August 19-26, 2018.
The Congress roster of
nearly 50 symposia has just been
released, complete with abstracts. Bird Studies Canada scientists are
taking a leadership role in three of these sessions. Our BC Program
Manager Dr. David Bradley will co-convene a symposium on “Advances in Biosecurity to Reverse Invasive Alien Species Impacts on Islands.” Our
Migration Programs Manager Stuart Mackenzie will co-convene “Cooperative
Automated Radio Telemetry Systems in Avian Research.” And our Director
of National Programs, Jon McCracken, will be a co-convenor and keynote
speaker on “The Role of Citizen Science in State of Bird Reporting and
its Influence on Nature Conservation.”
Bird Studies Canada is proud to be a co-host of the 2018 IOC, along
with the International Ornithologists’ Union and the Society of Canadian
IUCN Red List Update
8 December 2016
– This year,
the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has been updated
to recognize 742 new species of birds. This brings the overall count to
11,121, exceeding 11,000 for the first time. The new total is the
product of a comprehensive taxonomic review, and suggests that avian
diversity at the species level was previously underestimated by more
than 10%. Unfortunately, over 11% of the newly-recognized species have
been listed as threatened.
The need for conservation is especially urgent in Asia and Africa,
where habitat loss and capture for the pet trade are depleting
populations of the Java Sparrow, Grey Parrot, and other species.
On a positive note, some species endemic to small, remote islands
have been downlisted to lower threat categories. Populations of Azores
Bullfinch, St. Helena Plover, and Seychelles White-eye have sprung back
from the brink of extinction, setting a hopeful example of what
dedicated conservation efforts can achieve.
Save the Date for the 20th Great
Backyard Bird Count
7 December 2016
– Do you participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count? This free annual four-day event engages birdwatchers of all ages in
counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.
The next Great Backyard Bird Count will take place February 17-20, 2017.
In the meantime, check out the most recent issue of the
Bird Count eNewsletter for information, resources, and news from related Citizen Science
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