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Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory

Town: Tobermory

Ontario Nature Region: Great Lakes West

The Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (BPBO) is the voice for birds on the Bruce. BPBO is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote and foster the study, appreciation and conservation of birds and their habitats on the Bruce Peninsula. We are actively involved in monitoring, research and education projects. Through research and education, we strive to preserve the bird diversity of the Bruce Peninsula.

The geography and habitat diversity of the Peninsula make it a place of great bird activity, and an ideal place to study birds. One species in particular can be credited as a catalyst for the birth of BPBO: the red-necked grebe. Because of the significant numbers of red-necked grebes that use the Cabot Head area during migration, the area was designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) in 2000. A steering committee was formed in response to the IBA designation, and from that group, six went on to found the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory.

In October 2004, BPBO became the latest addition to the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network (CMMN). The CMMN monitors migration at 23 locations across Canada. The enormous volumes of data collected at these stations are sent into the CMMN headquarters at Bird Studies Canada in Port Rowan, Ontario, for analysis and study. The data paint the "big picture" of how bird populations are doing across the northern half of North America. Migration monitoring gives researchers valuable insight into the health of bird populations, which also reveal information about the health of the environment in general.

BPBO is run by a volunteer board and has about 100 members. The organization needs volunteers and money to continue running the Cabot Head research station. BPBO is a registered charity and can provide a tax receipt for your donation. For further details, visit the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory website or contact Ron Baker at (519) 795-7652.

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or


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