Category Archives: Migration

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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What Kind of Hummer Is That?

The Pacific coast of British Columbia is home to two species of hummingbird, the Rufous (Selasphorus rufus) and the Anna’s (Calypte anna). Like many winter-weary Gabriolans, Rufous hummers spend the winter in Mexico. Then, in the spring, they begin their … Continue reading

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Birdy Literature

It’s getting to be winter birding season here in southern Ontario, which means the gulls are active, the ducks are looking resplendent, the owls are playing hard-to-get, solitary, vicious Northern Shrikes lurk in the tops of trees, Evening and Pine … 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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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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Siren Sounds

It’s inevitable. There comes a moment.  A  time of knowing. Spring yearnings that gave way to summer sensations now yield to autumn harvest and the Southern Siren sounds. It’s time to go. This is not just true for the birds … Continue reading

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Google Bird: What Can Search Data Do for Bird Conservation?

If Google searches can so accurately predict the incidence and spread of the flu why not the ‘incidence and spread’ of birds? eBird is only one of many mechanisms we have for amassing and disseminating big bird data (big data). … Continue reading

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Using Common Senses

Today I had to travel from Pembroke to Brockville, a 3 hour trip along two lane highways, that wind through quaint little towns like Pakenham, Almonte, Carleton Place, Franktown, Smith Falls, and my personal favourite, Newbliss. It was a beautiful drive, … 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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