Birding Travel Presentations

BCFO members will be presenting a series of birding travelogues starting in January. With Covid restricting travel for most of us, it seems like a good opportunity to enjoy vicariously some trips taken by other BCFO members. As we watch their travels, perhaps we can begin to imagine, and to plan our own trips for when things open up. First out of the gate will be Vice-president Gary Davidson giving a Zoom, illustrated presentation on his birding exploration of Australia from Cape York to Tasmania.

Forest Kingfisher Photo: Gary Davidson

Details for viewing the presentation are found in the Members area.

Sightings Needed of Leg-flagged Dunlin

Amie MacDonald of Birds Canada has a request:

Hello BC birders,

Birds Canada has recently started a research project using radio-telemetry and leg flags to track overwintering movements of Dunlin in the Fraser River Estuary and their migration. We would appreciate hearing about any sightings of birds with leg flags if you happen to see any while out birding – you can email me directly at amacdonald@birdscanada.org. Spotting a leg flag in a large flock of Dunlin is certainly no easy feat, but we know birders are up for the challenge! We will collect a lot of movement data through the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, but leg flag sightings help in areas where there is no Motus coverage and offer very precise locations. Complete reads of the 3-digit code are great, but even just one or two of the digits can be very helpful if you can’t get a complete read.

Thanks and happy birding!

Amie

Amie MacDonald
Motus Analyst and Coordinator, British Columbia
Birds Canada | Oiseaux Canada
(506) 232-1219 | amacdonald@birdscanada.org
www.birdscanada.org | www.motus.org
(she/her)

Featured Article – How Do American Robins Find Earthworms?

The American Robin pictured above is certainly not looking for earthworms in a mountain ash tree, but for most of us these ubiquitous birds foraging in a grassy field is another familiar sight.

Dr Rob Butler has made a study of a question that has likely puzzled many of us over the years: ” How exactly do they find the earthworms that they eat? Do they use sight or sound or …?”

Read Rob’s article here to see what he found out.

December 2020 BC Birding Now Available

The December 2020 edition of BC Birding is now available in the Members Only section (you will be emailed the URL if you’ve forgotten the password). This is a particularly rich edition including items on:

  • Upcoming BCFO Zoom presentations
  • Birding during COVID times
  • Bagging that rarity
  • Nest watching: Barn Swallows and Ospreys
  • Birding in The Congo
  • Northwest Crows and Green-winged Teal
  • Tracking Pleistocene Birds
  • Mexico as a winter birding destination

Plus all the usual features and some superb photography.  Print subscribers ($12 annually allows you to read the magazine in traditional form) will receive their copy through the post in due course.

Christmas Bird Counts

Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon

Christmas Bird Count season will be upon us soon. With that in mind, we have just opened our annual CBC tracking page for this 121st count season.

If your count(s) does not yet have this season’s information entered, please send the details as soon as possible to our compiler directly through the page.

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.