Bird Records Committee – July 2015 Accepted Records

The latest set (Round 8) of accepted records of the BCFO Bird Records Committee is now posted in BRC Public under the BRC drop-down menu above.

A full report of all the committee’s Round 8 deliberations will be published in an upcoming issue of BCFO’s journal, British Columbia Birds.

Also note that the recently published BCFO Rare Bird Report Form and the Provincial Review List are also under the same drop-down menu. Submissions of rare bird sightings in British Columbia are invited and encouraged.

Photo: Adrian Dorst

Photo: Adrian Dorst

 

 

 

BC Breeding Bird Atlas First Installment Now Online

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The first installment of the British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas is available online here.

As sections of the Atlas are completed and translated, they are being published online, and made available to everyone  – one big advantage of digital publication.

Work continues on the remainder of the species accounts, which will be published in additional sections as they are completed.

BCFO has been a continuing supporter of the Atlas since its inception. To see this hugely important work of so many volunteers and supporters made available publicly is very rewarding for all.

Below is the letter from Bird Studies Canada’s Pete Davidson giving more details of the publication and some of the big picture findings. Either read it here or click on either page to download.

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British Columbia Birds – In Press article

The following In press paper from British Columbia Birds is now available on the BCFO Member’s area of the web site:

McKenzie, C. 2016. First record of a Red-flanked Bluetail for Canada.

BC Birding – June 2015 edition

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The latest edition of our newsmagazine BC Birding is now available for download or reading on-line in the members area above.

As usual it is packed with information for your enjoyment: trip reports of 115 species seen during the recent Cache Creek/Spences Bridge two-day trip, Mike Church’s summaries of fascinating findings from ornithological research, Clive Keen’s reflections on birding, the Provincial Rare Bird sightings report from Chris Charlesworth, and much more.

British Columbia Birds – In Press article

The following In press paper from British Columbia Birds is now available on the BCFO Member’s area of the web site:

Carter, H. R. 2016. Nesting of Double-crested Cormorants and other seabirds at the Ballingall Islets, British Columbia, in 1933–1936.

BCFO Featured Photographer #10 – Brian Stech

BCFO is once again proud to present another entry (#10) to our ‘Featured Photographer Series’. Brian Stech is a well-known, long-time, Lower Mainland birder who has added a camera to his arsenal with some impressive results. His subjects presented here range from one of the very rarest BC birds of the century to the commonest of the common. To view Brian’s work, use the “Features” drop-down menu above, or the link here.

The Featured Photographer Series presents the work of BCFO members who photograph wild birds in BC.

BC Nightjar Survey 2015 – Surveyor Opportunities

WildResearch <http://wildresearch.ca/> is seeking volunteers for the BC Nightjar Survey, a citizen science program to survey for nightjars in BC. Why? Little is known about Common Nighthawk and Common Poorwill populations BC, and there is concern that they may be declining. Help researchers learn more!

Volunteers across BC are needed to survey for nightjars between mid-June and mid-July. Routes require only two to three hours to survey, and one hour of data entry. Routes are a series of roadside stops and need to be surveyed only once per year during the breeding season. Everyone with a vehicle, and good hearing is invited to conduct a BC Nightjar Survey!

To sign up or to learn more, visit the BC Nightjar Survey webpage <http://wildresearch.ca/programs/bc-nightjar-surveys/> at or email nightjars@wildresearch.ca.To learn about the success of the program and preliminary results, check out the 2014 BC Nightjar Survey Annual Report <http://wildresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/BC-Nightjar-Survey-2014-Annual-Report.pdf>

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Cache Creek/Spences Bridge May 16-17 – Registration Closed

The 2-Day Field Trip for Members to Cache Creek/Spences Bridge is now full. Even though our two leaders, Brian Murland and Adrian Leather, added a second section to accommodate the demand, we are now at capacity. If you are still interested in the trip, please email Adrian to put you on the waitlist.

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Two-Day Field Trips for Members 2015 series

In Tours and Trips under the Events tab above you will now find the full schedule of Two-Day Trips for 2015.

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Bird Records Committee – March 2015 Accepted Records

The latest set (Round 7) of accepted records of the BCFO Bird Records Committee is now posted in BRC Public under the BRC drop-down menu above.

A full report of all the committee’s Round 7 deliberations will be published in an upcoming issue of BCFO’s journal, British Columbia Birds.

Also note that the recently published BCFO Rare Bird Report Form and the Provincial Review List are also under the same drop-down menu. Submissions of rare bird sightings in British Columbia are invited and encouraged.

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Photo: James Bradley