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Congratulations, Young Ornithologists!

15 August 2017 – Bird Studies Canada and the Long Point Bird Observatory welcomed six enthusiastic young naturalists to our 2017 Doug Tarry Young Ornithologists’ Workshop. This year’s participants were: Logan Lalonde (Kelowna, BC), Nathan Hood (Cambridge, ON), Alessandra Wilcox (Burlington, ON), Madelaine Davies (Thorold, ON), Owen Ridgen (Toronto, ON), and Josiah Van Egmond (Winnipeg, MB).

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Giving Shorebirds More “Space to Roost” in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin

11 August 2017 – In late summer, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop over in the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin, in Nova Scotia, during their remarkable migration to South America. They require access to beaches and other coastal sites where they can rest when mudflat foraging habitat is covered during high tide.

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Volunteers Needed for Coastal Surveys in British Columbia

11 August 2017 – On September 10, Bird Studies Canada will celebrate the start of the 19th season of our British Columbia Coastal Waterbird Survey. This long-term Citizen Science monitoring program involves counting ducks, loons, grebes, gulls, and other waterbirds on the second Sunday of each month throughout the winter.

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Piping Plovers Hang On in Ontario and Manitoba

11 August 2017 – Following an absence of breeding pairs in Ontario for more than 30 years, Piping Plovers have been making a gradual return at selected nesting locations on Canadian Great Lakes shores since 2007. Federal and provincial governments and local agencies cooperate to protect these Endangered shorebirds and their habitat.

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Return to Baccalieu Island: Monitoring Leach’s Storm-Petrels

10 August 2017 – Completing my fifth annual pilgrimage to Baccalieu Island, NL, I spent one gloriously sunny week this July assisting Dr. April Hedd, Wildlife Biologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, in studying Leach’s Storm-Petrels.

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Good News for Cerulean Warblers and their Forest Homes

10 August 2017 – On July 17, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) fund will, once again, support Bird Studies Canada’s efforts to conserve the Endangered Cerulean Warbler in Ontario.

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Getting to Know the Mysterious, Increasingly Less-Common, Common Nighthawk

17 July 2017 – The Common Nighthawk looks graceful in flight, and a bit strange up close due to its large eyes and wide mouth. But no matter how you look at it, this species is becoming a less-common sight. Breeding Bird Survey data suggest it has declined by 76% since 1973 in Canada, where it is now listed as a Threatened species.

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Survivor’s Guide to a Piping Plover Breeding Season

17 July 2017 – To some, spending countless hours from May through August protecting an endangered, camouflaged bird, its four eggs, and its flightless chicks on the open sand – exposed to the elements and busy activities of beachgoers – would sound daunting, and perhaps a bit nuts. I’ve come to learn that cautious optimism and resilience are handy qualities for biologists and Citizen Scientists engaged in Piping Plover conservation.

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