by Mike Burrell
It was a busy fall for waterbird surveys at Ontario Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. Many IBA Caretakers participated in or organized survey blitzes in their local IBAs, and the results were spectacular.
And finally, volunteers have started doing biweekly surveys in the West End of Lake Ontario IBA to monitor the several duck species wintering there in globally significant numbers.
IBA survey blitzes make use of the IBA Canada eBird Protocol, which involves teams of people splitting up to cover most or all of an IBA, and counting all the birds they encounter.
Bird Studies Canada’s Ontario IBA Program is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Special thanks to Ivor Williams, who developed an eBird checklist aggregator tool for the IBA Program that makes compiling results a breeze!