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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.


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.


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.


Bioblitzes Bring Canadians Together to Study and Enjoy Nature

14 July 2017 – This year, BioBlitz Canada 150 events are being held across the country. They have been organized by the Canadian Wildlife Federation with BioBlitz Canada and many other conservation partners, and were made possible by the Government of Canada as a Canada 150 Signature Project.

Scientists Unraveling Migration Secrets of the Mighty Blackpoll Warbler

14 July 2017 – A bold research team, led by the University of Guelph and Bird Studies Canada, spread out across the boreal forest in June in an effort to recapture some very specific Blackpoll Warblers.


Summer Research and Conservation Updates in BirdWatch Canada

14 July 2017 – The Summer 2017 edition of BirdWatch Canada (No. 80) celebrates an exciting moment in the history of Long Point Bird Observatory: the banding of our millionth bird. Discover what it took to reach this significant milestone in our cover story, “The Road to One Million,” by Stu Mackenzie and Jon McCracken.


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