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BIRDWATCH CANADA: SUMMER 2020, NUMBER 92
BirdWatch Canada is a quarterly magazine featuring articles about the conservation of Canada’s wild birds and their habitats, as well as updates from Birds Canada and its projects.
We have made our Summer issue available online so that more people can enjoy birds from the safety of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click to read the sample Special Report on Witless Bay Ecological Reserve by Jared Clarke.
What It’s Like to be a Bird with David Allen Sibley
The Toronto Ornithological Club’s Justin Peter speaks with David Sibley about his newest book, What It’s Like to Be a Bird
Enjoy a selection of resources, online courses, webinars and Facebook Live Events from the Toronto Bird Celebration with your host Andrés Jiménez here.
THREE WAYS YOU CAN HELP BIRDS THIS SUMMER
We created this list of specific examples that you can try this summer. If you’re spending more time than usual at home this year, maybe it’s the perfect time to take on a new project!
How Many Times Does A Swainson’s Thrush sing in one Day?
John Neville shares his property on Salt Spring Island, BC with a Swainson’s Thrush that sang 3,707 times on May 24, 2020.
A Roadmap to rescuing aerial insectivores
Aerial insectivores – birds that catch insects on the wing – have experienced the most severe decline of any group of birds.
Birds in Focus
Watch and learn more about birds and some of the work we do at Birds Canada.
Saving Ontario’s Piping Plovers
Piping Plovers returned to Ontario to breed in 2007, after a 30 year absence. They’re drawn to our province’s largest sand beaches, where they share the shores with hundreds of beach goers each summer.
Ankur Khurana captured excellent footage of Piping Plovers at Wasaga Beach and Sauble Beach, and spoke to local coordinators about the role we all play in plover conservation.
NOW OFFERING HOME DELIVERY: THE BOREAL
The Boreal is home to hundreds of breeding bird species that pass through southern Canada on their way north to breed every spring, in addition to many year-round resident species. Find out how the ‘Boreal bird package’ can be delivered to your doorstep, or nearby pickup locations.
This webinar was presented by Birds Canada staff Natasha Barlow, Boreal Conservation Project Specialist, and Jody Allair, Director of Citizen Science and Community Engagement.
Bird Identification for Beginners
This workshop covers basic birdwatching tools, fundamentals of bird ID, and an overview of some bird groups found in Saskatchewan and the Canadian Prairies.
This workshop was presented and recorded by LeeAnn Latremouille, Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator, Birds Canada.
Connected to the land
In the first ever Connected to the Land Podcast, Ian Sherwood speaks to Jody Allair at Birds Canada about Citizen Science, backyard birding, and how birds can keep us grounded.
Nate Swick at the ABA is joined by Corina Newsome & Tykee James, co-organizers of #BlackBirdersWeek, to discuss what the movement meant to them, and where we need to go from here.
Activities for Families
BIRD IDENTIFICATION TOOL
Did you see a bird in your yard that you haven’t seen before? Create a downloadable and printable field guide customized for your location and time of year to help nail down an identification.
JUNIOR BIRDER GUIDE
Download and print your own Junior Birder Journal and Activity Guide! Learn about birds, how to identify them, and what you can do to protect birds in your neighborhood.
FOR THE BIRDS
Fun crafts you can make at home like do-it-yourself bird feeders, suet treats, and bird cookies to help out birds.
ARMSTRONG BIRD OF THE MONTH
Learn about feeder birds with Birds Canada staff.
Mark Cullen Gardening
Jody Allair joins Mark Cullen to talk about how to attract and support birds at your garden.
Enjoy birds from home with live videos from nest and feeder cams.
Watch live video of birds on the nest.
Watch live video of birds at feeders.
Flesh-footed Shearwater (a pelagic species infrequently recorded during summer months off the coast of BC within Canada) Photo: Yousif Attia