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Snowy citizen science

trumpeter swan and waterfowl diversity credit Noah Cole

Trumpeter swan and waterfowl diversity at Tommy Thompson Park

The annual Christmas Bird Count is nearly here!

From north of Thunder Bay southward to Pelee Island and northwest near Atikokan eastward towards Ottawa in Ontario, between December 14 and January 5, Christmas Bird Counts give bird lovers a good reason to look forward to winter.

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Fall bird migration begins in Ontario

Great-blue heron; Credit: Peter Ferguson

The start of fall is an exciting time for bird enthusiasts as summer fledglings become air-borne adults and join others of their kind on route to warmer climes. This mass exodus is happening all around us.

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Fall migration in Ontario: Test your bird identification skills

ruby throated hummingbird; Credit: Noah Cole

As summer winds to a close, bird migration season begins! Birds will make the long journey from Ontario to their overwintering habitats. 

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Protection for migratory birds must include their habitats

barn swallow; Credit: Noah Cole

barn swallow; Credit: Noah Cole

This year marks two important milestones: Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial, and nature lovers mark the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA). Enacted in 1917, one year after Canada and the United States signed the Migratory Birds Convention – the first international treaty on wildlife conservation – this important legislation is designed to protect at-risk migratory birds. However, unless the stopover and nesting sites these birds depend on are protected, there will be little to celebrate.

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Birds galore at the St. Catharines Christmas Bird Count

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Peninsula Field Naturalists and this wordsmith volunteering at the 2016 St. Catharines Area Christmas Bird Count.

There are more than 100 Christmas Bird Counts in Ontario planned, of which more than 65 are affiliated with our Nature Network groups. This year, because of its diverse overwintering species and diverse habitat, I chose to volunteer and participate in the St. Catharines Area Christmas Bird Count, coordinated by members of the Peninsula Field Naturalists.

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