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A New Guide for Planning and Executing Breeding Bird Atlas Projects

17 January 2019 – Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create those amazing bird atlases? We’re excited to announce the publication of a new guide on how to take a breeding bird atlas project from start to finish.


Bird Studies Canada’s Great Backyard Bird Count Story Contest

16 January 2019 – We know bird counts provide lots of memorable experiences. Funny, heartwarming, inspiring, or just plain unusual – we’d like to hear about them all. We invite you to enter the Great Backyard Bird Count story contest!


2018 Red List Winners and Losers: Canadian Perspective on the Global Report Card

18 December 2018 – Each year, the global extinction risk to all bird species is assessed by BirdLife International, the official Red List Authority for birds for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The 2018 update has just been released.


IBA Program Channels Passion for Birds and Special Places

17 December 2018 – On a spectacular sunny, calm day in mid-November, I had the opportunity to participate in a volunteer effort to document the Fraser Estuary Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). Starting at first light, 40 experienced birders set out to count birds across the 754 square kilometres of the Fraser Estuary IBA.

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Conference Highlights Research and Action for Long Point’s Plants and Wildlife

17 December 2018 – Recently, Bird Studies Canada staff presented some of our latest science at the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation's sixth Research and Conservation Conference in Simcoe, Ontario.

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William H. Moore, Canada’s First Christmas Bird Counter

14 December 2018 – It was 9 a.m. on Christmas morning 1900. That was the moment when, according to National Audubon Society data, “Wm. H. Moore of Scotch Lake, York County, New Brunswick” became Canada’s first Christmas Bird Counter.


Response to Proposed Hunting Season for Cormorants in Ontario

12 December 2018 – Bird Studies Canada is deeply concerned by the proposal to establish a hunting season for the Double-crested Cormorant in Ontario through amendment to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and supporting regulations. As a science-based conservation organization, with decades of experience monitoring bird populations, we believe that the proposed changes pose significant harm to a native Ontario wildlife species, have the potential to negatively impact other wildlife species and habitats, and also lack scientific rationale or justification.

Explore Waterbird Hotspots in BC with New Maps

20 November 2018 – Our team at Bird Studies Canada has just updated the British Columbia Coastal Waterbird hotspot maps. The maps now depict waterbird abundance and densities during winter, spring, and fall, based on data collected from 1999-2016.


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