Category Archives: Citizen Science

Birding the Foothills

Posted by Bob Lefebvre, Calgary For the past six years, I have participated in the Calgary May Species Count. The area I cover is about an hour’s drive SW of the city, in the Longview area. The territory is prairie … Continue reading

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Stanley Park Ecology Society and Birds…

As promised in my two previous blogs for Bird Canada, here is the second instalment on Vancouver’s Stanley Park. This time around, I will focus mostly on the history and activities of the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES), especially with … Continue reading

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Consulting the eBird Oracle: Where are our Migrant Warblers Now?

It is early May – where are our migrant Warblers on their journeys? (Hint: check out the maps below!) The majority of our breeding Warblers are lurking just south of the belt (the Canada/US belt, not the Bible Belt) and … Continue reading

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I’d Rather Be Birding. Seriously.

Over the past few days, as I thought about what I’d write for this blog I mainly thought about Spring, and this  seemingly everlasting Winter that is keeping us forever in its grip. I thought about the typical birds I … Continue reading

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Bring Back the Bluebird

Every now and then a western or a mountain bluebird makes an appearance here in the Comox Valley during the winter and early spring. A single mountain bluebird turned up at YQQ in April, 2012 and two more turned up … Continue reading

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Our Birding Blogger Needs You

Bird Canada author and birder extraordinaire Charlotte Wasylik is participating in the annual Baillie Birdathon in May. This is the oldest sponsored bird count in North America and proceeds raised support bird studies across Canada. Her goal is $500 and she … Continue reading

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Birding Volunteers Needed

Shorebird Surveys, Coastal BC Bird Studies Canada and Simon Fraser University are collaborating on a hemispheric-wide effort to study potential causes of declines of Western Sandpipers. Because they use many distinct migratory sites in the Salish Sea region, British Columbia … Continue reading

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DIY Animated Observation Maps Using eBird Data: Part I

In the last couple of years, eBird took two pretty important steps with their data: they began releasing animated occurrence maps for the conterminous U.S., and also opened the gates for  downloading data from the global database. In combination, these developments give … Continue reading

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Seeking Manitoba Birders!

The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas is once again launching a series of expeditions in northern Manitoba in June and July 2013 and is seeking skilled birders to assist. Most expeditions involve 4 – 6 people and range from 10 – 18 days in … Continue reading

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Introduction: Synecdoche and the Bird

When asked why he chose to live in the remote, wilds of Montana, nature writer David Quammen would traditionally reply, “the trout.” And when pressed, “the trout is a synecdoche” – a discrete, phenomenal, biological entity, but immeasurably more than … Continue reading

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