By Steven Price (President) and Silke Nebel (Vice-President, Conservation and Science), Birds Canada
Piping Plovers Photo: Elizabeth Lopez
Birds Canada is keeping safety as our top priority as we continue adjusting our work to advance science, awareness, and conservation. Our program staff leads in each region are looking carefully at whether and how field work can begin, in as safe a manner as possible, while respecting provincial and local health directives. As our first steps back into the field, we will be:
- Starting up the long-standing Beached Bird Survey on the Pacific Coast;
- Working with ranchers in Manitoba to promote financial incentives for regenerative agriculture, to help secure habitat for species at risk like Chestnut-collared Longspur, Sprague’s Pipit, and Baird’s Sparrow;
- Monitoring forest birds at risk in Ontario: Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotary Warbler, and Acadian Flycatcher;
- Safeguarding Piping Plover nest sites on shorelines in Ontario;
- Gearing up for the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program, for birds and amphibians;
- Surveying for the rare Bicknell’s Thrush in New Brunswick; and
- Undertaking the fourth field season of the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas.
With respect to the field work involving volunteers that is starting up, the volunteers in question will hear directly from their Birds Canada project coordinator about how surveys will commence under an approved safety plan.
Thank you for your continued support!