Cassin’s Auklet Die-off on the
Cassin’s Auklet Photo: Cathleen Shattuck
16 January 2015
– Over the holidays, large numbers of dead Cassin’s Auklets were found
on the outer coasts of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Bird Studies
Canada’s British Columbia office received reports of more than 100 of
these seabirds per kilometre on some beaches. Most birds were
young-of-the-year. The Canadian Wildlife Service is conducting
A similar event has been occurring since October all along the
Pacific Coast, as far south as California. There are no signs of oiling
or poisoning. Analyses strongly suggest these young birds starved at sea
and were washed ashore by strong winds. Higher than usual nesting
success in 2014 at the main colonies (on Triangle Island, BC and in the
Haida Gwaii region) is likely a factor. Further studies of ocean
temperatures and zooplankton abundance should shed light on what’s
causing these deaths.
Click here to watch a
CBC News Vancouver interview with our BC Program Manager Dr.
Bird Studies Canada staff and volunteers are diligently monitoring
Pacific Coast beaches, locating Cassin’s Auklets, and investigating this
situation. Please consider making a direct donation to our Coastal
Waterbird and Beached Bird Surveys through CanadaHelps to
support our efforts. Thank you for being an important part of
our work for bird conservation.
Join Us for the Great Backyard
Mourning Dove Photo: Jamie Burris
16 January 2015
– Birdwatchers from more than 100 countries are expected to participate
in the 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 13-16,
2015. Around the globe, tens of thousands of volunteers – of all ages
and birding skill levels – will count birds in backyards, local parks,
nature reserves, and wherever they happen to be. This free,
family-friendly educational activity is loads of fun and supports bird
The GBBC provides a great opportunity to learn more about birds and
connect with nature, and is an ideal way for more experienced birders to
introduce friends and family to the wonderful world of birding.
Visit the GBBC website to
explore the species seen in your community, region, or country. You can
make a difference for birds by counting the birds in your neighbourhood.
Join in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
For more information, email Canadian GBBC Coordinator Kerrie Wilcox
at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
GBBC is a joint project of Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.
Participez au Grand
dénombrement des oiseaux de février
16 janvier 2015
– Du 13 au 16 février 2015 participez à une activité gratuite, amusante
et instructive pour toute la famille qui, de plus, vous permettra de
contribuer à la conservation de l’avifaune! Tous les ans, des dizaines
de milliers des personnes prennent part au GDOF. Les participants
peuvent recenser les oiseaux à l’endroit de leur choix.
Les observateurs de tout âge peuvent participer. Que vous soyez
débutant ou chevronné, joignez-vous au GDOF. C’est une excellente façon
d’en apprendre d’avantage sur les oiseaux de votre collectivité et de
profiter de la nature. Le GDOF est aussi une excellente occasion pour
les observateurs expérimentés de faire connaître le monde merveilleux de
la faune ailée à leurs enfants, leurs petits enfants ou à toute autre
Visitez le site Web
du GDOF pour savoir quelles espèces ont été repérées dans votre
collectivité, province ou pays. L’avifaune de votre quartier a besoin de
votre aide! Participez au GDOF de 2015.
World Wetlands Day: Wetlands
for Our Future
16 January 2015
– They purify our waters, feed us, prevent flooding, store carbon, and
burst with biodiversity. They are our wetlands, and each year on
February 2 we honour their importance by celebrating
World Wetlands Day.
Bird Studies Canada staff are working hard on behalf of wetlands
Marsh Monitoring Program. Please see below to learn how you can
help as a volunteer in the Maritimes, Québec, or the Great Lakes region.
Bird Studies Canada thanks and congratulates all the volunteers,
partners, and funders who make the Marsh Monitoring Program successful.
Happy World Wetlands Day!
Marsh Monitoring Volunteers
Photo: National Park
12 January 2015
– Through Bird Studies Canada’s
Program (MMP), volunteer Citizen Scientists in many parts of
Canada survey marsh bird populations and report their valuable
observations to us. In some regions, they also collect important
information about frogs.
This year we are delighted to announce the first Citizen Science
survey season for the Maritimes MMP. It’s also the 12th MMP season in
Québec, and the 21st for the Great Lakes region of the U.S. and Ontario.
Volunteers are needed across the Maritimes (contact Holly Lightfoot:
and to fill survey gaps in Québec (contact Andrew Coughlan:
and around the Great Lakes.
For more information about the Great Lakes MMP, contact Kathy Jones
You can also check out assigned and available Great Lakes MMP routes on
online map, and please consider completing
regarding a proposed Great Lakes MMP webinar.
New Issue of Avian
Conservation and Ecology
12 January 2015
– An article co-authored by Bird Studies Canada staff,
“Tree Cavity Use by
Chimney Swifts: Implications for Forestry and Population Recovery,”
is among the studies published in the most recent edition of
Conservation and Ecology, an open-access,
fully electronic scientific journal sponsored by the Society of Canadian
Ornithologists and Bird Studies Canada.
The latest issue also includes articles on: distances flown by
foraging ducks; occurrence of Black-backed Woodpeckers in burned and
unburned forests; Golden-cheeked Warbler survival; influence of burning
and grazing on Prairie songbirds; human disturbance and European
Nightjars; distributions of breeding ducks in Canada; and changes in the
number of species across different regions in the mountains of
Visit the ACE website to read the
current issue and
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