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Support the Christmas Bird
2015 – It’s time to plan for the
Christmas Bird Count!
Every year between December 14 and January 5, tens of thousands of
volunteers throughout the Western Hemisphere help monitor populations of
wintering birds – including more than 10,000 Canadian birders at over
450 count circles.
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 Mike
Burrell at email@example.com.
Read our national summary of last season’s Christmas Bird Count in
Studies Canada’s website. For regional summaries from last
year’s count, 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!
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Catch Us on the Rick Mercer Report!
Photo: Elaine Secord
20 November 2015 – Bird
Studies Canada recently hosted a visit from the prominent satirist
and television personality Rick Mercer. We were honoured to have the
opportunity to chat with him at our national office in Port Rowan,
Ontario about birds and conservation, and to introduce him to
migration monitoring research at our Long Point Bird Observatory. To
see the segment, tune in to the
Rick Mercer Report
on CBC TV on Tuesday, December 1! Or you can stream the video online
in the days following the broadcast by visiting the
Mercer Report YouTube channel.
Christmas Bird Count for Kids!
20 November 2015 – Celebrate
winter birds by participating in the
Count for Kids (CBC4Kids), a fun birdwatching event for
young birders and their families. There are many ways to
participate! To find an event near you, visit the
CBC4Kids Events Map;
coordinate a CBC4Kids in your area; or follow CBC4Kids
events on social media using the hashtag #CBC4Kids.
We thank the many coordinators and volunteers across the country
for providing opportunities for youth to connect with nature, and
contribute to important Citizen Science for birds! In Canada, the
2015 CBC4Kids season is generously supported by The W. Garfield
Weston Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
For more information, please contact Bird Studies Canada at
or 1-888-448-2473. In the U.S., contact our CBC4Kids partners at
Sonoma Birding at
Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas Heads to the
20 November 2015 – The
Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of
the Maritime Provinces describes the distribution and
abundance of 222 bird species that nest in New Brunswick, Nova
Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. This atlas is one of the largest
wildlife monitoring projects ever undertaken in the region. About
1300 volunteers contributed over 48,000 hours of survey effort! The
beautifully-illustrated book includes 350 full-colour photographs,
800 vibrant maps, and informative species narratives.
After years of fieldwork, analyses, and production, we’re delighted
to announce that the book is heading to print and will be ready for
distribution by mid-winter. If you’ve already ordered the atlas,
thank you very much! If your address has changed since ordering,
please email updated delivery information to
to ensure your atlas finds you. For all other atlas-related
There will be a limited print run. Don’t miss your chance to own
this important book. It also makes an excellent gift! To secure your
order online on the atlas website by December 18, 2015.
Many thanks to everyone who has supported this monumental project!
Details on book launch events are coming soon.
CMMN Welcomes Two New Member Stations
10 November 2015 – Two new
locations have joined the cross-Canada array of sites contributing
standardized migration count data to the
Migration Monitoring Network. The
Interprovincial Park Landbird Monitoring Station, located in
southeastern Alberta, is a satellite operation of the Calgary Bird
Banding Society. The
McKellar Island Bird
Observatory, located near the city of Thunder Bay in
northwestern Ontario, is a project of the Save Our Songbirds
Pilot work at the Cypress Hills location started in 2010. The
McKellar Island site has operated since 2014. Over the next few
years, these provisional member stations will work toward developing
the organizational capacity and resources needed to operate as
long-term monitoring stations.
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Piping Plover Stewardship in
2015 – Human activities on beaches threaten the recovery of
endangered Piping Plovers in Atlantic Canada. One of the main objectives
of Bird Studies Canada’s
Conservation Program is to reduce human-caused threats on about
30 nesting beaches in Nova Scotia and southeastern New Brunswick.
Motorized vehicles pose one of the most serious threats to nesting
plovers and chicks. Annual monitoring of threats on beaches consistently
shows that New Brunswick has one of the highest levels of vehicle use in
the region. Since 2013, surveys in southeastern NB have detected a small
but steady decrease in the average number of vehicles on beaches.
Tracking threats in conjunction with biological indicators helps inform
targeted educational outreach activities and enforcement efforts by
provincial and federal partners.
This project was undertaken with the financial support of the
Government of Canada.
Special London, ON Screening
of The Messenger
2015 – The Messenger
tells the story of alarming songbird declines, and the range of
human-made threats that birds face in our changing world.
As the Canadian impact and outreach partner for this powerful
feature documentary, Bird Studies Canada is part of a
screening at Western University on Thursday, November 26. If you
can, please join us there!
A few of our staff will participate in this special event,
including our Biologist & Science Educator Jody Allair, who will speak
about our partnership on the impact campaign for The Messenger.
He’ll be part of the Q&A session following the screening, which will
also include Dr.
Chris Guglielmo, Dr.
Dr. Christy Morrissey,
Michael Mesure, and the film’s
director Su Rynard.
You can purchase
tickets online on the Western website.
Monitoring PEI Marshes
2015 – This spring and summer, the Prince Edward Island
Wildlife Conservation Fund (PEI WCF) supported fieldwork by Bird Studies
Marsh Monitoring Program on Prince Edward Island. Our
technicians ground-truthed and surveyed five marshes across the island,
from Mill River to Souris, and detected more than 60 wetland-associated
bird species! To continue this work, PEI WCF has provided additional
funding to host a volunteer training workshop in early 2016. Islanders,
stay tuned for timing and location details!
The Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program is undertaken with the
financial support of the Government of Canada, the New Brunswick
Wildlife Trust Fund, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and Ducks
Bird-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas
The holiday season is coming soon! Looking for gifts
that support bird research and conservation?
A gift membership in
FeederWatch makes an excellent present for bird
lovers. By counting the kinds and numbers of birds at
their feeders, participants help our scientists monitor
and protect winter bird populations. Joining is easy,
and you don’t need to be an expert to get involved!
For a donation of $35 or more, you’ll receive a Bird
Studies Canada gift membership, participation in our
Citizen Science programs, fun and informative project
materials, and a subscription to our
BirdWatch Canada magazine.
Sign up online or call us toll-free at
1-888-448-2473 ext. 121. Please order by December 1.
One way coffee lovers can help songbirds is by
choosing more bird-friendly shade-grown, organic beans.
Shop online for
The Messenger Blend, a sweet, earthy medium
roast. Birds and Beans donates 10% from each bag sold to
Bird Studies Canada.
Thank you for your support!
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