Monday, August 22, 2016

Pledge to take Birds "Under Your Wing"

Our colleagues at Environment Canada have launched a brilliantly simple initiative - make a pledge to take birds under your wing in one of eight simple ways: 

This is a pledge well worth taking so here is my own personal pledge:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Manitoba Miracle

Some of you may have already heard or read about the Manitoba government's interview with the CBC late this afternoon:
so I can finally share the news that we have enjoyed a little bit of a Manitoba miracle this year. A pair of Piping Plover has nested successfully. This is the first Piping Plover nest in the province since 2012 and the first successful nesting attempt since 2010 here.

This was a lot of work and nerve-racking at times but thanks to a small dedicated team this pair fledged three chicks in a probable re-nesting situation.  Bird Studies Canada (  worked in partnership with the province's excellent stewardship to make this story a success.  I would especially like to thank ALL those involved for a truly outstanding piece of work! 

Another story based on an interview I did with The Wildlife Society was recently published at:

Friday, August 5, 2016

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)

Did you know that Bonaparte's Gulls nest in trees?

Bonus point if you can name another "unexpected" tree-nesting species!
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