you ever stopped to watch a bird? Or had your spirit lifted by its
cheerful song? Perhaps you have taken a few solitary minutes to
examine its unique colours and patterns, chuckle at its odd
mannerisms, or marvel at its ability to fly.
Watching birds is
more popular than ever, and thousands of Canadian citizens are
contributing their bird observation skills to science by participating
in Bird Studies Canada's bird population surveys.
These "Citizen Scientists" provide a tremendous
service to all Canadians by volunteering their time to track the
health of bird populations.
Not only are birds
important in their own right, they also serve as early warning systems
for problems in the environment we all share.
Peregrine Falcons signaled the cumulative effects of DDT,
American Crows and Blue Jays reflect the spread of West Nile Virus,
and many bird species are responding to perhaps the greatest challenge
facing us now, global climate change.
Bird Studies Canada coordinates bird
surveys for many species, ultimately to keep common birds common, and
draw attention to serious declines. Engaging volunteers In bird
observations not only provides essential data, we believe that through
understanding, comes appreciation, and ultimately the will to conserve
Canada's wild birds.