This Week's

International News

Research Director 
Invited to Denmark 
for Migratory 
Bird Conference

Global Extinction 
Crisis Escalates

National News

Christmas Bird Count 
is Coming

Regional News

Report on the State 
of Ontario's Migratory 
Landbirds Released

Marsh Monitoring 
in Québec to be 
Presented at EMAN 

Fundraising Efforts 
Garner More Money 
for Bald Eagles

Aerial Waterfowl 
Surveys Receive Boost 
from Kenneth M. Molson 

Dead Eagle Recovered 
in Southern Ontario


Christmas is Coming


26 November 2004 
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Research Director Invited to Denmark for Migratory Bird Conference

25 November 2004 - Scott Petrie, Research Director of the Long Point Waterfowl and Wetland Research Fund (LPWWRF), was recently invited to attend and speak at a conference in Ronde, Denmark, 21-23 November. The conference was entitled Traveling to Breed, and was organized to discuss how migratory birds accumulate resources prior to reproduction. Scott shared results on the topics of nutrient reserve dynamics in Mute Swans and migration strategies of Tundra Swans. To learn more about LPWWRF research, click here.

Global Extinction Crisis Escalates

17 November 2004, BirdLife International - More than 15,000 species of plants and animals are facing global extinction. This startling picture of biodiversity loss has emerged from the latest Global Species Assessment - based on and released in conjunction with the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Delegates will be debating these findings at the world's largest conservation gathering, the 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress, which kicks off in Bangkok. For more details, click here.

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Christmas Bird Count is Coming

Photo: Dick Cannings

25 November 2004 - Christmas is coming, and along with it the century-old tradition of the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Each year, thousands of birders head out into the elements on "count" days between 14 December and 5 January to identify and quantify Canada’s winter birds in designated areas. With 104 years of observations, CBC data are a valuable long-term indicator of winter bird populations. To learn more about CBCs, and to view national and regional summaries from the 2004 count, click here. If you are interested in participating, you can search for the count compiler in your area at the link above.

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Report on the State of Ontario's Migratory Landbirds Released

26 November 2004 - A new report on the State of Ontario's Migratory Landbirds is now available on Bird Studies Canada’s web site. This 20-page, full-colour report looks at why and how we monitor migratory landbirds in Ontario, and provides a concise summary of the current state of those breeding here. Information on the links between observed trends and changing environmental conditions and species conservation needs is also presented.
  The report highlights various species and groups of migratory landbirds in Ontario that are in particular trouble. Aerial foraging insectivores, such as swallows and Chimney Swifts, have experienced widespread declines over the past two decades. Population trends for many grassland birds show a significant long-term decline. Also, 7 of 10 landbirds whose Ontario breeding range is restricted to southern Ontario are now designated as species at risk. The good news is that migratory landbirds breeding in forest, shrubland, wetland, and diverse habitat types show a mix of increasing and decreasing population trends.
  The cause of simultaneous declines in widepread populations of diverse aerial foraging species is a mystery. Climate change and changes in the availability of insect prey are possible culprits. Declines in grassland birds in Ontario are likely linked to loss of breeding habitat, as pastures and hayfields in southern Ontario are converted to cropland or urban land uses. The high number of species at risk in southern Ontario is a reflection of the lack of intact natural habitats and the stress placed on the environment by the millions of humans that also live in this biologically-diverse but intensively-developed landscape. To view the full report, click here.

Marsh Monitoring in Québec to be Presented at EMAN Conference

25 November 2004 - The 10th National Science meeting of the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) will be held in Québec City from 1-4 December. In the 2 December session, Monitoring and Evaluating Sustainability in Communities, Cities, and Watersheds, Bird Studies Canada’s Catherine Poussart will present results from the first year of the Marsh Monitoring Program in Québec. This conference is attended by numerous non-government groups along with government agencies and provides an excellent opportunity for participants to broaden their cooperative activities. To access full details of the conference, including the agenda, click here.

Les 10e journées scientifiques nationales du Réseau d'évaluation et de surveillance écologiques (RESE) se tiendront à Québec du 1er au 4 décembre. Lors de la session du 2 décembre « Surveiller et évaluer la durabilité dans les collectivités, les villes et les bassins hydrographiques », Catherine Poussart présentera les résultats de la première année du programme de surveillance des marais au Québec. Plusieurs groupes communautaires et agences gouvernementales participent à ces journées scientifiques, ce qui permet aux participants d'élargir leur réseau de contacts. Pour plus d'information, incluant l'horaire des conférences, appuyez ici.

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Fundraising Efforts Garner More Money for Bald Eagles

24 November 2004 - Two more funders have stepped on board with the Southern Ontario Bald Eagle Monitoring Program for 2005, the Shell Environment Fund and the Essex south Chapter of TD-Friends of the Environment Fund (TD-FOEF). Shell has agreed to fund $5000 towards deploying a satellite transmitter in southern Ontario, and TD-FOEF Essex has granted $2000 to support monitoring in the southwest. To learn more about Bald Eagles and the whereabouts of our two satellite tagged birds, Olivia and Pamela, please visit our Bald Eagle web page by clicking here. If you have any questions about Bald Eagles or the program, please contact Dawn Laing (

Aerial Waterfowl Surveys Receive Boost from 
Kenneth M. Molson Foundation

23 November 2004 - The Long Point Waterfowl and Wetland Research Fund (LPWWRF) is pleased to announce funding support of $15,000 from the Kenneth M. Molson Foundation. These funds will be used to conduct aerial surveys of waterfowl on the lower Great lakes. For more information about LPWWRF’s aerial surveys, click here.

Dead Eagle Recovered in Southern Ontario

10 November 2004 - It was the early morning discovery by a Chatham County farmer that got Jason Ritchie of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources out into the field to investigate what the farmer thought to be a dead turkey vulture. Upon arrival, Mr. Ritchie noted that this was not your normal 'dead bird' investigation. The bird in question happened to be a banded mature Bald Eagle. Once in hand, Mr. Ritchie contacted Bird Studies Canada (BSC) and reported the band numbers to Bald Eagle Program Coordinator, Dawn Laing. Through BSC banding records, we learned that this mature eagle was originally banded in the Long Point Bay area as a nestling, along with one of its siblings, in June 1992. Since 1992, no band reports have been received on this bird, leaving the 12 years between fledging and death a complete mystery. The carcass has been sent to University of Guelph and the cause of death is not yet known.

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