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By Kris Dobney, Member Services Specialist, Bird Studies Canada
I’d like to wish a warm thank-you to the prize donors, participants, and sponsors who made Bird Studies Canada’s 2019 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.
An important initiative supported by your Birdathon proceeds is the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund, which awards grants to valuable bird research and conservation projects across Canada. Click here to learn more about the Baillie Fund, as well as an example of a funded project focused on Canada Jays that you helped make possible.

Cathy McCrae Photo: Gail McNeil

It’s also my pleasure to congratulate our 2019 Great Canadian Birdathon prize winners! Cathy McCrae of London, ON is the lucky winner of this year’s Grand Prize. Cathy has won an Eagle-Eye Tours adventure, and will choose from a guided birding tour of either Cuba, Mexico, or Southern Texas. After more than 20 years of participation in the Birdathon, Cathy certainly deserves this win! Congratulations, Cathy!
Kowa’s coveted prize donation – their Kowa TSN-663M with 20-60x Zoom Eyepiece – will be much appreciated by Birdathoners Ray Sturney and Maureen Sargent of New Hazelton, BC.
Vortex Canada generously donated a list of wonderful prizes:
a spotting scope and tripod that will go to Shonna McLeod of Calgary, AB; Viper 8×42 binoculars for Arthur Needles of Alliston, ON; and Diamondback binoculars for Christina Carter of Mississauga, ON and Barbara Neufeld of Cargill, ON.
Armstrong Bird Food donated a bounteous one-year supply of bird seed. This prize was scooped up by Pam Laing of Kelowna, BC.
If you like prizes, birding, and conservation, make sure you don’t miss the 2020 Great Canadian Birdathon! You can do your Birdathon any day next May – and the cooler months are a great time to start dreaming up your spring birding adventures.

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