Monitoring Coastal Bird
Mortality in Québec
30 June 2016
– Seasonal activity for the
Beached Bird Survey is on the rise. So far this year, surveyors
have submitted observations from 41 beaches.
This long-term program collects baseline information on the causes
and rates of mortality of seabirds, and other species, using the Estuary
and the Québec portion of the Gulf of the St. Lawrence. Last year, data
were submitted for 239 visits to 52 beaches, covering nearly 80 km along
the Côte-Nord and the Bas-Saint-Laurent, and around the Gaspésie
peninsula. In total, 102 beached birds of 16 species were reported, none
of which were oiled. Some participants also collected checklist data of
the live birds they encountered, providing a valuable profile of beach,
shore, and inshore water use by close to 57,000 individuals of 129
Do you regularly walk a beach in one of the above regions during
the year? If you’re interested in joining the survey, email Andrew P.
This project was undertaken with the financial support of the
Government of Canada, and is conducted with the help of the Club des
Ornithologues du Bas-Saint-Laurent.
New Great Lakes MMP Report
28 June 2016
– Bird Studies Canada recently published a report that
provides a snapshot of the occurrence of marsh birds and frogs within
the Nottawasaga Valley - Lake Simcoe watershed compared to other
watersheds in southern Ontario, using
Great Lakes Marsh
Monitoring Program data. The report concludes that marshes
within the Nottawasaga Valley - Lake Simcoe watershed are healthy
compared to most southern Ontario marshes, and that the future health of
the watershed’s wetlands depends on balancing further development with
effective conservation of wetlands and surrounding landscapes.
Visit our website to
the full report by Dr. Doug Tozer. To learn more about the
program or to volunteer, contact Kathy Jones at
Webinars Feature B.C. Atlas
28 June 2016
– Over the next two weeks, Bird Studies Canada will host two free
webinars on the Atlas of the
Breeding Birds of British Columbia. Each standalone one-hour
webinar will help users get the most out of their online atlas
A general session for atlassers across B.C., as well as the wider
birding community, will take place on Thursday, July 7 at 6 p.m.
A second session targets environmental professionals, including
staff of government agencies, non-profit organizations, industry, and
environmental consultants. This webinar will be held on Thursday, July
14, at 10 a.m. PT.
Anyone interested in participating in one of these sessions should
register online at one of these links:
general interest or
environmental professionals. Please join us in celebrating and
exploring Canada’s first online bird atlas!
The B.C. Breeding Bird Atlas was undertaken with the financial
support of the Government of Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of
Environment, and more than 150 other donors and special contributors.
LPBO’s 57th Spring Migration
22 June 2016
– In the 57th spring of migration monitoring at
Long Point Bird
Observatory, staff and
volunteers banded 14,661 birds of 124 species, and counted millions of
birds of 300+ species. As always, there were many interesting
observations, which are summarized on the
LPBO Sightings Board.
Migration monitoring results inform population trend analyses and
research initiatives. This spring, LPBO supported research by numerous
university students, in addition to sharing data and providing training.
Study topics included night calls of migratory birds, differential
migration of male and female warblers, temperature regulation and
physiology of migratory bats, and tick-borne diseases. View our most
Program Report for more information about research conducted at
To learn more about migration monitoring in Canada, please visit
Bird Studies Canada’s
Monitoring Network pages.
New Ontario IBA Coordinator
1 June 2016
– Bird Studies Canada has hired Amanda Bichel as Ontario Important Bird
and Biodiversity Areas Coordinator. Please join us in welcoming Amanda!
Based at our National Office in Port Rowan, ON, Amanda will continue and
build on the good work of previous coordinator Mike Burrell, and align
with our national effort to establish and support IBA Caretaker Groups,
educate the public about birds, advocate for protection of IBAs, restore
habitats, and more.
For more information, consult the
IBA Canada website, contact
email@example.com, and check the
IBA Canada Facebook page
for program updates. Bird Studies Canada thanks the Ontario Trillium
Foundation and Wildlife Habitat Canada for supporting our work on IBAs.