Support the Christmas Bird Count!
Northern Pygmy-Owl Photo: Dick Cannings
14 November 2014
– It’s time to plan for the
Christmas Bird Count again! Every year between
December 14 and January 5, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas help monitor
populations of our wintering birds – including more than 13,000 Canadian birders in almost 450
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 Dick Cannings
(email@example.com). To read about last year’s count results, including regional summaries,
the Canadian summary, high counts, and other features, visit the
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!
International Support for Canada Warbler Conservation
10 November 2014
– The Canada Warbler has been added as a species of high conservation
concern to Appendix II of the United Nations Environment Programme
Convention on the
Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), a global environmental treaty.
The announcement was made at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CMS, held
last week in Quito, Ecuador. While Canada is not an official signatory to the CMS, Environment
Canada supported the designation.
For two years, Bird Studies Canada has been collaborating with various BirdLife International
partners and government agencies to prepare a hemisphere-wide conservation plan for this species,
which is designated Threatened in Canada. A second international workshop of the Canada Warbler
Working Group was held in Bogota, Colombia this fall, and their next meeting is scheduled for
March, 2015 in Ottawa.
Bird Studies Canada is supporting research by postdoctoral fellow Dr. Kevin Fraser (University of
Manitoba), who is using geolocators to document the Canada Warbler’s migration strategy and
wintering areas. We’re also supporting Ph.D. research by Ana Gonzalez (University of
Saskatchewan), who is investigating the warbler’s wintering ecology in the Colombian Andes and the
relative importance of coffee plantations as habitat.
New Paper Examines Marine Bird Declines
Western Grebe Photo: Tom Middleton
10 November 2014
– A study recently published in the journal Conservation Biology indicates
that Pacific Northwest populations of diving birds, such as alcids and grebes, are more likely to be
declining than other marine birds in the area. The co-authors – including Bird Studies Canada staff
Karen Barry and Pete Davidson – analyzed results from winter bird monitoring programs conducted
throughout the Salish Sea, a large marine ecosystem located between the southwestern tip of British
Columbia, Canada and the northwestern tip of the U.S. state of Washington. The analysis included
data from our British Columbia Coastal Waterbird Survey.
Correlates of Marine Bird Declines to Inform Marine Conservation suggests that long-term
changes in the availability of forage fish may be causing wintering range shifts of diving birds in the
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