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By Kristine Dobney, Member Services Specialist, Bird Studies Canada

Ron and Lynda Valentine Photo: Erin Olmsted

Bird Studies Canada thanks all of our generous prize donors, participants, and sponsors for making the Great Canadian Birdathon a success. All of your hard work and generosity will benefit Canada’s wild birds in many, many ways, and is deeply appreciated.
Congratulations to our 2018 Great Canadian Birdathon prize winners! Ron and Lynda Valentine of Hamilton, ON are the lucky winners of this year’s Grand Prize. Ron and Lynda have won an Eagle-Eye Tours adventure, and will choose from a guided birding tour of either Cuba, New Brunswick, or Southern Mexico. After more than 25 years of participation in the Birdathon, Ron and Lynda certainly deserve this win! Congratulations, Ron and Lynda!
Kowa donated a 55-millimetre PROMINAR Fluorite Crystal Spotting Scope with integrated 15-45x zoom eyepiece! This scope will be much appreciated by Birdathoner Audrey Heagy of St. Williams, ON.
Vortex Canada donated several wonderful prizes. A spotting scope and tripod will go to Lesley Barringer of Val-des-Monts, QC. Our Youth Prize (binoculars), was won by Quinn Biggs of Toronto, ON. And an additional two pairs of binoculars will be enjoyed by Catherine Barrett of Goulds, NL and Brete Griffin of Toronto, ON.
Armstrong Bird Food donated a one-year supply of bird seed. This bountiful prize was scooped up by Mike Burrell of Douro-Dummer, ON.
If you like prizes, birding, and conservation, make sure you don’t miss the next Great Canadian Birdathon! Mark your calendars for May 2019 – it’s never too early to start planning.

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