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Bird Records Committee Round 14 & Add’l Round 12 Accepted Records, December 2016

The BCFO Bird Record Committee’s latest set of accepted records for Round 14, plus the additional approval of a Round 12 submission, is now posted in BRC Public under the BRC drop-down menu above. Included in this set is a first record for Canada, and one additional first record for British Columbia.

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: Graham Ford

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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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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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.

BC Birding – June 2016

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

As usual you’ll find this latest issue stuffed full of interesting articles and information: the Young Birders Program, the next sets of Avian Encounters and ornithological Briefings, plus a feature on avoiding bird collisions with buildings, and our continuing The Reflective Birder series.

Cranbrook 2016 – Top Notch Annual Conference

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Birding the Rocky Mountain Trench

The BCFO 25th anniversary AGM and Conference, held at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook, was a great milestone in the society’s history, and attendees enjoyed fabulous birding before, during, and after the conference.

With over 80 delegates attending, birders met up with old friends, enjoyed good food, good presentations, good company and of course, good birds. Front page news in the local paper, The Townsman, BCFO’s first visit to Cranbrook was a resounding success due in no small part to the expert help of our local partners the Rocky Mountain Naturalists.

Following 5:15 am breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, attendees enjoyed field trips to Ha-Ha Creek, Skookumchuck Prairie IBA, Spray Irrigation – Three Ponds, Wycliffe, including Lone Butte, and Elizabeth Lake. Many thanks go to local guides Alan Barnard, Dianne Cooper, Ruth Goodwin, Dean Nicholson, Greg Ross, and Daryl Calder.

The Saturday afternoon technical session, prior to the Annual General Meeting proper, featured Dr.David Bradley giving a comprehensive overview of the newly completed BC Breeding Bird Atlas. Our banquet keynote speaker was Jared Hobbs, who delivered an informative and passionate presentation about the plight of both Western Screech-Owls, and Spotted Owls in BC.

Chris Siddle was this year’s worthy recipient of the Steve Canning’s Award who, in his acceptance speech, graciously credited numerous BC birders who have helped and inspired him.

Mike McGrenere has assumed the role of BCFO President. Marian Porter and Monica Nugent are the new additions to the board. Congratulations all! George Clulow will be sticking around as Past President, and working with the board on a number of key projects. To view the full Board of BCFO and members’ various responsibilities, follow the link here.

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As mentioned above, birding trips were a major component of the AGM. A full slate of trips was offered before and after the Cranbrook meeting.

May 26-27 – Two-day Trip, Creston Valley
Gary Davidson of Nakusp, and Paul Prappas of Nelson, with key help from Craig Sandvig of Castlegar led a very pleasant two-day trip around the Creston Valley accompanied by a huge turnout of 28 BCFO members. Among many highlights were Forster’s Terns, and a Wild Turkey with at least seven immature turkeys following along. A Tennessee Warbler, which only occurs in that part of the Kootenays approximately every four or five years, was also seen well.

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Forster’s Terns – Duck Lake, Creston

Extension Trips, Birding the Prairie Potholes – May 24th – 27th and May 29th – June 1st
Dan Arndt of Bow Valley Birding & Wildlife Tours led two fantastic tours across part of Southern Alberta, with overnights in Lethbridge, Brooks, and Cochrane. Highlights were numerous but included  McCown’s Longspur, and Chestnut-collared Longspurs, 17 Lark Buntings!, some great action from Sprague’s Pipits,
Baird’s Sparrow, Ferruginous Hawks, with three nests located, Nelson’s and LeConte’s Sparrows, Yellow Rails, Burrowing Owl, Upland Sandpipers, Sedge Wrens, and a Northern Mockingbird.

Full trip write-ups will appear in the September issue of BC Birding.

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