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.

Bird Banding in Ontario

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder, This August and September, for four weeks, I was an intern at the Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO) in Ontario, on Lake Erie, to help with fall migration monitoring. The Long Point Bird Observatory … Continue reading

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What Good are Mosquitoes?

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder, You have probably wondered the above to yourself at some point during the summer. I know I have, especially when I’ve been out birding and the mosquitoes were bad enough to make you … Continue reading

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Birding Ethics: Nests and Eggs

Last summer when I started exploring Facebook, I found that most provinces and states had dedicated birding groups. There wasn’t one for Alberta, so I decided to start one. For the most part, being a group administrator is pretty easy. … Continue reading

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Don’t Touch That Baby Bird!

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder The other week, I had a question from one of my readers asking what to do with a baby American Robin his family had found and what to feed it. At once I … Continue reading

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What is Digiscoping?

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder Now that Spring is underway through most of Canada, there are more birds to see, especially with the help of our cameras and scopes. If you have a camera — or even an … Continue reading

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Spring Care for Bird Boxes

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder, The breeding and nesting season is just around the corner, and in most parts of Canada, birds that nest in boxes have already started to look for the perfect box to build their … Continue reading

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Winter Nests

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder, Nests can be very hard to find in the spring, summer, or even fall. On the prairies, the best time of year to look for birds’ nests is actually in the winter. I’ve come across quite … Continue reading

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Owl vs. Owl

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder, Last week the British Columbia government approved the shooting and relocation of Barred Owls in an effort to save their endangered cousin, the Spotted Owl, which has been facing extinction since the 1980s, and … Continue reading

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A Happy Owl and Canadian Art Legend

Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder, (I’m very excited to be writing for Bird Canada and will try to make sure I have a post for each month. Thank you again, Pat, for asking me to write for your … Continue reading

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