Researchers have estimated that collisions with windows kill approximately 25 million birds a year in Canada, and up to 1.5 billion a year across North America. Margaret McLaren, a long-term volunteer and supporter of Birds Canada in Bracebridge, ON, recently got in touch to share how she made her windows safer for birds.
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We felt a closer look into the complex and often highly-social lives of Common Loons would help raise our spirits! Read on to discover a loon’s year-in-the-life, complete with sophisticated behaviours, complicated communications, and other fascinating life history traits.
Gus was known widely as one of the most important and influential naturalists in Canada and helped establish the organization that would later become the Nature Conservancy of Canada. For the past 27 years, he spent virtually all his waking hours volunteering for various organizations in and around Calgary, Alberta, leading naturalist outings, hosting presentations, and contributing to Citizen Science projects.
Linnea Cross and her good friend Violet Lambie participated in the Great Canadian Birdathon for many years. When Vi passed away suddenly last fall, Linnea wanted to do something special as a tribute to her friend.
An unexpected and belated mid-life love affair with birds and nature and finally discovering one’s place in the world – Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder illuminates the joyful experience of a new discovery and the surprising pleasure to be found while standing still on the edge of a lake at six a.m.
The Great Canadian Birdathon is a fantastic way to raise the funds needed to advance bird research, awareness, and conservation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Canadian Birdathon, which is normally held in May each year, has been extended through to the end of the year allowing participants to choose a time that best suits their situation.
As a young birder growing up in the 90s in Peterborough, Ontario, I was always enamoured with fall. There was just something about those cool crisp nights, the amazing colours on display in the forests, and the lakes filled with waterfowl.
In late August, many of Canada’s breeding migratory birds are starting their migration south. But Long-billed Curlews have completed their journey to their non-breeding grounds weeks ago.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the 2020 Canadian Nightjar Survey in June and July! In spite of the pandemic, participants were able to safely survey these fascinating birds in most parts of the country.
Birds Canada is currently seeking new volunteers for our BC Coastal Waterbird Survey and BC Beached Bird Survey.