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Birdwatching Backpacks Flying Off Library Shelves, Thanks to Partnerships

18 July 2019 – "Birdwatching kits" allow more people to enjoy the intimate relationship with nature that birdwatching brings. We wondered if it would be possible to extend this opportunity to more people by sharing kits with local libraries.

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Exciting Changes Afoot for High-Impact Ornithology Journal

9 July 2019 – Successful conservation of birds is grounded in sound science. Avian Conservation and Ecology (ACE) – an open-access, electronic scientific journal co-sponsored by Bird Studies Canada and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists – is very important in this regard. We are excited to welcome Dr. Alex Bond as the new incoming co-editor-in-chief who will join Dr. Hobson to continue guiding and growing ACE.


Best Places to Bird Contest Rules

8 July 2019 – Summer is the perfect time to explore outside and discover some new favourite places. Looking for tips on where to go birding? We’ve partnered with Greystone Books to offer you a chance to win books by birding experts to point you in the right direction. All you need to do is visit Bird Studies Canada on Instagram (@BirdStudiesCan) between July 15 and August 15, 2019 and tell us where in Canada you think is the “best place to bird”!

Northern Flicker – Our ‘Avian Anteater’

8 July 2019 – Two subspecies of this woodpecker occur in Canada: the “yellow-shafted” and the “red-shafted.”


Volunteer Spotlight: George Clulow, Burnaby, BC

8 July 2019 – When did you first fall in love with birding? If it was during spring migration, you’re not alone – that’s how George Clulow got hooked! After moving from Essex, England to Winnipeg in 1973, one fateful spring galvanized his interest in birds into a more serious undertaking.


Should I Make a Nesting Raft for Loons?

25 June 2019 – Watching loons can have a wonderful side effect of increasing our desire to help them. But what is the best way to do that? Would building a nesting raft, or platform, benefit the loons at your lake?


Cross-Canada Hike Goes from Dream to Reality

24 June 2019 – Earlier this year, we announced that Sonya Richmond (until recently, a GIS analyst with Bird Studies Canada) and Sean Morton would be taking their lives in a dramatically new direction to hike across Canada for bird conservation. Did you wonder what it would be like to spend three years hiking the Great Trail? We can now put speculation aside because the hikers are on their way!


You Can Help Protect BC’s Fraser Delta for Western Sandpipers

24 June 2019 – Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists have concluded that “Project-induced changes to Roberts Bank constitute an unmitigatable species-level risk to Western Sandpipers, and shorebirds more generally.” Unless we act now, the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project is just one example of threats that will face Western Sandpipers and the Fraser Estuary.


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