Discussion of Round 30 submissions to the Bird Records Committee has just been completed. Consensus decisions to “accept” were made for eight of the ten submissions for this round. Notable in this round is the first Canadian record for the species pictured below.
To see the full report of those recently accepted records, follow the link here or use the drop down menu above – BRC Public > BRC Round 30 Jan. to Nov. 2021
Putting together the quarterly newsmagazine is a complicated and time-consuming job. Editors and authors get recognition in the newsmagazine, but some of the behind-the-scenes volunteers do not. June Ryder and Michael Church are two of these people.
Four times a year, these two dedicated volunteers take on the responsibility of ensuring that newsmagazines are mailed to members. First the printed copies are collected from the printers on West Broadway; then they are put into individual envelopes before being taken to the post office for mailing to members.
In 2011, June handled both the editor’s duties and the distribution. In 2015 when Clive Keen assumed the role of editor, June graciously agreed to continue with the distribution. Michael has been assisting with these duties. In addition, Michael is a regular contributor to the newsmagazine with his column, ‘Briefings’. After 10 years of service to the BCFO, June is moving on and is relinquishing the duties of newsmagazine distribution.
The BCFO Board of Directors wishes to offer our heartfelt thanks to June and Michael for their generous commitment of time to our organization. We wish them well!
For the past two years Tara Imlay of the Canadian Wildlife Service and her colleagues have been researching bird mortality from things such as collisions with windows and vehicles, and those killed by cats and other domestic animals.
This is their final year of carcass collection which will take place from September 2021 to April 2022.
They are again requesting BCFO members and other interested members of the public to send in carcasses of birds that they find. Please record the day and location where the bird was found, and freeze the body (placing in a Ziploc bag or similar is sufficient).
Last year’s Zoom presentations for members, focusing on birds and birding travel, proved very popular and were fully subscribed by BCFO members.
Registration details for upcoming Zoom presentations will appear in your inboxes one week prior to each presentation.
Under the Events tab above, pages are now open for you to preview the upcoming season. The three pages will give you: an overview of the series, details of the next three presentations, and the opportunity to suggest topics for future presentations, or to offer your own. You may also follow the links below.
The meeting will have the usual business items of the Annual General Meeting. And, not to be missed, the AGM will be followed by an exclusive, for those joining us for the Zoom AGM, keynote presentation by David Bradley on the Long-billed Curlew project in the Prince George area.
We will again be placing items to be reviewed at the AGM (agenda, 2020 AGM minutes, financial report, and other documents) on the website when they are ready for members to review prior to the AGM here.
Similar to 2020, all members will receive an email notice regarding the AGM with the requirement to register for the Zoom meeting. This will be sent one week prior to the AGM.
BCFO is pleased to announce and make available to the public a Special Issue (vol 32) of British Columbia Birds devoted entirely to: The status, ecology and conservation of internationally important bird populations on the Fraser River Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
Adam Dhalla, Young Birder Award recipient in 2017, has been working hard to merge his love of birds with his love of gaming. The result of his efforts and those of his co-creator, has just been released on the Apple App Store, and on Google Play.
Find the Birds is a free-to-download, free-to-play educational mobile game for all ages about birds & conservation.
Players travel the globe searching for birds and do conservation quests to help them. The first in-game location available in the release is Arizona, USA, and includes the critically endangered California Condor in its line-up of species. The second in-game location will be British Columbia, to be added this July.
Find the Birds is a great way for all ages to learn about nature & science safely during the pandemic in an environmentally friendly way. Games are of course zero-carbon.
Congratulations to Adam on this significant achievement. And as a footnote, it’s worth recalling that after Adam received the BCFO award in 2017 he went on to become recipient of the 2018 American Birding Association Young Birder of the Year Award.