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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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Birds galore at the St. Catharines Christmas Bird Count


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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Simple Window Treatments to Stop Residential Bird Strikes

Canada warbler, credit: Robert McCaw

Canada warbler, credit: Robert McCaw

In one month last fall, I heard the heartbreaking thud of six birds hitting windows at my home. I care about birds, so I decided to do something.

The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) estimates that 100 million to 1 billion North American birds are killed annually in collisions with windows. Residential homes are the biggest hazard. They kill or injure more songbirds than all other buildings combined.

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Birding vs. birdwatching

Birding at Ontario Nature’s Quarry Bay Nature Reserve

The first time I went out to look at birds, I had no idea what I was doing. Not only did I show up without binoculars, but I didn’t even know how to refer to the activity. When I met my birding group for the first time in a parking lot in Mississauga, I asked: “Are you all here to birdwatch?””No. We’re here to bird.” My first taxonomic faux pas.

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