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Job Posting: Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Job Posting – Deadline extended to October 15, 2020

BC Nature is seeking a part-time coordinator to manage the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Caretaker Network in British Columbia.

The IBA program monitors and conserves a network of more than 11,000 of the world’s most important places for birds and biodiversity. Please find the job posting on the button below, as well as in your BC Nature Fall 2020 Magazine, coming to your mailboxes soon.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to manager@bcnature.ca by October 15, 2020.

Featured Photographer #20 – Gaelen Schnare

The BCFO once again proudly presents our next Featured Photographer, Number 20 in our continuing series.  For the third time we have drawn from our pool of remarkably talented youngsters: Gaelen Schnare is a 14-tear-old from Nelson, who received a BCFO Young Birder Award in 2020.  Click here to see what this lad can do with a camera.

September 2020 Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The latest edition of the quarterly newsmagazine is now available online in the Members section of this website. (If you’ve forgotten the password, the direct link will be emailed to all members shortly.)

This 36-page edition includes:

  • BCFO news
  • Thoughts on rare sightings
  • Reasons to visit the Creston Valley
  • Birding at Portugal’s Targus estuary
  • Abundant great photographs from members
  • –And all the usual columns and features

Print subscribers ($12 annually allows you to read the magazine in traditional form) will receive their copy through the post in due course.

Bird Carcasses from South West BC Needed for Research

 

The request from Tara Imlay reads as follows:

Last year, my colleagues and I began a research project to understand the breeding area of bird species that experience high rates of anthropogenic (human-caused) mortality in southwestern British Columbia.  The sources of anthropogenic mortality are varied, but can include things like collisions with windows or vehicles, or from cats and other domestic animals. For this work, we are collecting carcasses from this region until Summer 2021. Last year we received a large number of carcasses from the public, and we gratefully thank those who contributed.

This year, we are again asking your members, and other interested members of the public, to send us carcasses of birds that they find.  We ask that they record the day, time, and location where the bird was found, and freeze the body (placing in a Ziploc bag or similar is sufficient).  I have attached a poster that summarizes this information and this poster can be shared with your members, other organizations, or on social media.

We would also be happy to give a talk to your members about the findings of this work or other research we are involved with.

Thank-you in advance for your assistance,

Tara

 

 

Adrian Dorst – Featured Photographer #19

BCFO is once again pleased to present one of our members as the BCFO Featured Photographer, #19 in the series. Adrian Dorst is a long-time photographer and a veteran birder who lives in Tofino. View his work here.

BCFO Statement on Racism and Discrimination

Recent events, including the racism directed at Christian Cooper on the Ramble in New York City’s Central Park, demonstrate that racism and discrimination are everywhere, even in the birding world. British Columbia Field Ornithologists is committed to ensuring inclusion and diversity within its own ranks and within the wider birding community. All of us have a responsibility to challenge racism and discrimination whenever they appear and to work towards respect and inclusivity, whether we are in the field or meeting with our members and fellow birders.

June 2020 Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The latest edition of the quarterly newsmagazine is now available online in the Members section of this website. (If you’ve forgotten the password, the direct link will be emailed to all members shortly.)

This 32-page edition includes:

  • The latest installment of Curlewmania
  • Reports of birding in Costa Rica, The Algarve and New Zealand’s subarctic islands
  • A tale of finding, at last, a Boreal Owl
  • A new feature: Bird Photographers’ Corner
  • Some initial annual reports, to whet the appetite for the Zoom AGM on June 25 (details are included)
  • All the usual features and some surprises

Print subscribers ($12 annually allows you to read the magazine in traditional form) will receive their copy through the post in due course.

Latest Accepted Records from the Bird Records Committee published

Discussion of Round 28 submissions to the Bird Records Committee has just been completed. Consensus decisions to “accept” were made for nine of the ten submissions for this round.

Photo: David Baird

To see the full report of those recently accepted records, follow the link here or use the drop down menu above – BRC Public > Feb – Mar, 2020.

March 2020 Edition of BC Birding Now Available

The latest edition of the quarterly newsmagazine is now available online in the Members section of this website. (If you’ve forgotten the password, the direct link will be emailed to all members shortly.)

Information on the Smithers Conference and AGM, including the pre-conference trip, can be found, along with registration processes and a hotel list. Other contents, in addition to the usual features, include:

  • This year’s set of listers’ tables
  • Christmas Bird Count Highlights
  • Golden Eagles in the Rocky Mountains
  • Palaeo-ornithology in BC and South Africa

Print subscribers ($12 annually allows you to read the magazine in traditional form) will receive their copy through the post in due course.

BCFO Bird Records Committee Vacancies

 – Invitation to Apply –

Needed – Three (3) individuals to serve as participating members of the BC Bird Records Committee (BCBRC).

Duration – We are seeking three individuals who are willing to commit to a three-year term, beginning April 2020. As per BRC operating guidelines, up to two consecutive terms may be served, for a total of six years. Renewal for a second term is optional and subject to BCBRC approval. Members may not sit for more than two-consecutive terms before taking a mandatory one-year absence. Following this absence, individuals may be re-nominated for additional terms, and placed in the candidate pool for available positions. Monthly time commitments vary, but candidates should be willing to put in approximately ten (non-consecutive) hours.

Qualifications – Candidates should be knowledgeable on bird identification and distribution of all bird species in the province, as well as familiar with the identification and distribution of avian taxa from the remainder of North America, and ideally also Eurasia and Mexico. Preferred candidates will have first-hand experience with the majority of species that may be reported (see the current Review List). In addition to field experience, candidates should have access to sufficient resources (e.g., books, web resources) to provide critical, independent commentary and evaluations of bird records by set deadlines. Knowledge of aging and sexing of birds is a plus.

Candidates must be courteous and respectful of fellow committee members and to individuals whose records are being reviewed, including confidentiality of observer names and committee discussions. Previous experience with committees is beneficial, but not mandatory; however, candidates must be able to work effectively in a committee operating under a consensus framework.
In addition to birding experience, candidates must be able to reliably communicate electronically. This includes frequent and reliable access to the internet and the ability to email, Skype (or similar alternative), and send/receive files in MS Word and MS Excel formats.

Prior membership to BCFO is not a requirement, but non-members are expected to join the organization upon appointment to the committee. All BCBRC members are expected to maintain their membership to BCFO in good standing for the duration of their tenure. Candidates should reside in British Columbia for the majority of each calendar year for which they are serving.

Selection – The committee strives to maintain representation of the entire provincial birding community by selecting members from varied regions of the province. To further ensure that the committee is representative of the provincial birding community, women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The BCBRC is a committee of the BCFO. Applicants, or a short-list of applicants, will be discussed by the current BCBRC membership for nomination to the committee. Final appointments are made by the BCFO Board of Directors.

How to apply – You may nominate yourself or someone else who you believe is qualified. All nominations should be sent electronically to the Chairperson of the BCBRC, at bcbrc.chair@gmail.com. In the email include a brief description of your qualifications, or, if nominating someone else, highlight why you think that person would fit well on the committee. Make sure to include your full name and contact information (email address and/or phone number), or the full name and contact information of the nominee. All information should appear in the body of the email; formal cover letters, CVs, etc., are not required.
 Please apply as soon as possible, and no later than March 15. The positions will remain open until filled.