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The gifts you make through Birds Canada support important work for birds. Thank you for your generous contributions!

The James L. Baillie Memorial Fund is one way your support is put into action. The fund channels part of the proceeds from the annual Great Canadian Birdathon® and private donations to research, conservation, and outreach projects that help birds. Baillie Fund grants are awarded competitively to successful applicants by independent trustees.

We’re pleased to announce this year’s Baillie Fund grant recipients! One of this year’s funded projects is an important and ambitious effort by volunteers to collect additional data from remote Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in British Columbia. In 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) unveiled a mission to identify the most important places in the world for wildlife. Along with BirdLife International and 11 partner organizations, they introduced the concept of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), building on the long-standing success of IBAs and others. As part of a larger coalition, Birds Canada is working with partners to assess which of our IBAs might qualify as KBAs. The funded project led by BC Nature will support this work.

Take a look below at more important projects soon to be conducted across Canada and further afield with Baillie Fund support.


2022 Baillie Fund Grants

Regular Grants

  • Newfoundland Breeding Bird Atlas, to provide travel grants to survey remote areas.
  • Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, to provide travel grants to survey remote areas.
  • Tracking Broad-winged Hawks from eastern Canada to the Neotropics, a project conducted by the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association
  • Banding Together: Expansion of Edmonton and Area Land Trust’s Citizen Science Program, a project by the Edmonton and Area Land Trust to develop a new station for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship program – Baillie Fund grant awarded jointly with Wasserfall Award from the Ontario Bird Banding Association
  • Important Bird Areas / Key Biodiversity Areas Crosswalk: British Columbia, a project conducted by B.C. Nature
  • Suivi de la migration des oiseaux marins à la pointe gaspésienne à l’automne 2022 / Monitoring seabird migration at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula: fall 2022, a pilot project conducted by the Observatoire d’Oiseaux de Rimouski

Small Grants

  • Abbey-oiseaux / Abbey-birds, an educational project by the École Abbey-Landry to engage youth in learning about birds.
Northern Gannet Photo: Blair Dudeck

Learn more about the Baillie Fund

Please visit our website for more information about the Baillie Fund, including how to apply this fall for the 2023 grants.

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