Christmas Bird Counts 2016/2017

It’s that time of year again.

Information about the official, Bird Studies Canada sponsored counts throughout the province can be found here. We update the information as we receive it. Results will be published on this website once they start to come in.

More Christmas Bird Counts for Kids are being offered in the province this season than ever before. The poster below, is for the Ladner count as an example of what’s on offer for families with kids. To find a location near you click on this link CBC4Kids.

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BC Birding – December 2016

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The latest issue of BC Birding, our news magazine, is now available in the Members Area.

Between the covers you’ll find trip reports from around the province; the latest news from the Young Birders Program; Avian Encounters, including the search of the elusive “White Mountain Pigeon”, and in Briefings, the latest discoveries about that remarkable product of evolution, the avian brain.

Bird Records Committee – October 2016 Accepted Records, Round 13

The latest set of accepted records (Round 13) of the BCFO Bird Records Committee is now posted in BRC Public under the BRC drop-down menu above. Included in this set is one new bird for the provincial list.

You will also find the BCFO Rare Bird Report Form and the Provincial Review List under the same drop-down menu or link here. Submissions of rare bird sightings in British Columbia are invited and encouraged.

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Photo: Craig Sandvig

While you’re here, make sure you check out BCFO’s destination for our AGM in 2017. See Annual Conference under the Events tab above.

BCFO Receives Generous Donation

Setting a new level for donations to the organization, BCFO is delighted to announce a $5000 donation in support of our society and our programs. For more details, see the Members Area.

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British Columbia Birds

Beginning this month, all news regarding our BCFO journal, British Columbia Birds, including recent In press articles, can be found under “BRITISH COLUMBIA BIRDS:” just beneath “RECENT POSTS” in the right-hand column of this page. A new, In press article by Art Martell, has just been posted there.

British Columbia Birds – In Press article

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

Hollenberg,  E.J.R.  and  E.  Demers.  2017.  Black  Oystercatcher  (Haematopus  bachmani)  foraging  on  varnish  clams  (Nuttallia  obscurata)  in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

BCFO Featured Photographer #14 – Alan Burger

BCFO proudly presents #14 in our series of Featured Photographers.  Alan Burger is an experienced field biologist, long-time BCFO member, and current president of BC Nature.  Although he has worked in far-flung corners of the world, his eye-catching images submitted for this feature were mostly taken near where he resides in an off-the-beaten-track corner of southern BC.  View and read it all here.

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British Columbia Birds – New location

British Columbia Birds now has its own web site: bcbirds.bcfo.ca. It is also accessible from the Publications menu on the BCFO web site.

All past journal articles, with the exception of the current issue and In press articles—available to BCFO members only—are now accessible to everyone as open access articles in PDF format. Articles from all journal issues are also searchable by author, species, or other keywords.

Special thanks to Les Gyug, who added the title, abstract, authors, and keywords to the properties of the PDF file for every article since publication began in 1991, and to Art and Sue Martell, who prepared abstracts and keywords for journal articles from the first four issues of the journal where those attributes were lacking.

These additions should improve the relevance of the British Columbia Birds web site to search engines and thus improve the accessibility of the articles to web searches.

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BC Birding – September 2016

 

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The latest issue of BC Birding, our news magazine, is now available in the Members Area.

The September edition is a birder’s cornucopia: book reviews, reports of fabulous birding trips in BC and further afield, updates from the Young Birders Program, the next set of ornithological Briefings, plus the continuing The Reflective Birder series are all to be found for your enjoyment. And like the outstanding cover photo above, there’s more great photography inside too.

Bird Records Committee – February 2016 Accepted Records Round 11

Round 11 accepted records of the BCFO Bird Records Committee are now posted in BRC Public above, or linked here.

Of note is that this round consisted entirely of records of rare hummingbirds in the province, and included a review the 1997 Xantus’s Hummingbird record from Gibsons.

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Among many materials used by the Bird Records Committee to make their decisions on Round 11 were these specimens of Green Violetears (right) and Sparkling Violetears (left) from Louisianna State University. Photo: James van Remsen Jr.

A full report of all the committee’s Round 11 deliberations will be published in an upcoming issue of BCFO’s journal, British Columbia Birds.

You will also find the BCFO Rare Bird Report Form and the Provincial Review List under the same drop-down menu. Submissions of rare bird sightings in British Columbia are invited and encouraged.