Author Archives: Charlotte Wasylik

About Charlotte Wasylik

Charlotte Wasylik is a young birder who lives on a farm in northeastern Alberta. She was delighted to be selected for a monthlong Young Ornithologists’ Internship at the Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario in August-September, to help with fall migration monitoring. Charlotte’s blog is Prairie Birder, and you can also find her at the Facebook group she started last year, Alberta Birds, which welcomes all birders, bird lovers, and nature photographers.

Canadian Bird/Birding Groups

Especially in Canada, autumn is the beginning of fall migration any a busy time of year for many of us. One way to to learn about rare birds in your area or large concentrations of migrating species is through different … Continue reading

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Early Autumn on the Prairies

While it’s still summer in Alberta, many areas in the province experienced snow yesterday (Monday). In our area, it snowed for just a short while, but then the melted away as the temperature reached a high of 5 degrees C. Here are … Continue reading

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Summer Birding around Vermilion, Alberta

This post is a quick look at what birding looks like on the Canadian prairies in July. For more specifics, here is one of my recent eBird lists for July 2, 2014 . This Song Sparrow was singing at the Provincial … Continue reading

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My 2014 Baillie Birdathon

Cross-post from my blog Prairie Birder: Thursday, May 29th was my “green” Baillie Birdathon which was not only the wettest but also possibly my best Birdathon so far. I decided that I’d do a “green” birdathon because I wanted to focus more on the birds … Continue reading

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Interview with Jeff Gordon, Baillie Birdathon celebrity guest birder

[This a cross-post from my blog, Prairie Birder] This year’s celebrity guest birder for the Bird Studies Canada annual Baillie Birdathon is Jeffrey Gordon, president of the American Birding Association. I’m very pleased to give you today my interview with Jeff, especially during what is a very busy time of year for … Continue reading

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Tofield, Alberta, Snow Goose Chase 2014

One sign of Spring in the Edmonton, Alberta, area every year is the annual Snow Goose Chase, organized by the Edmonton Nature Club. This year, on the morning of April 26th, eight buses filled with inner-city and new immigrant families, … Continue reading

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Young Birders Alert!

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder: Spring is on the way, with summer not too far behind, so if you’re a young birder, it’s time to get out your calendar and start thinking about the great programs that are … Continue reading

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Interview with Young Albertan Birder Ethan

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder: For my post this month, I’m interviewing another young birder, Ethan from Alberta. I briefly met Ethan and his dad last year at the Edmonton Nature Club’s Tofield Snow Goose Chase, but unfortunately we didn’t have much … Continue reading

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Interview with Young Manitoba Birder Josiah

For my post this month, I’m interviewing young birder Josiah from Manitoba. Josiah writes at his blog Birds in Your Backyard. PB: Please tell me a little bit about yourself. Josiah: I’m 12 years old and live just out of Winnipeg, … Continue reading

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The Birds & Windows Citizen Science Project

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder: In September, the University of Alberta launched its Birds & Windows Project to get a more accurate estimate of the number of bird-window collisions in houses in Canada. As project author Justine Kummer wrote … Continue reading

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