BC Birding – March 2017 Edition

The latest issue of BC Birding, our newsmagazine, is now available in the Members Area. There are two online versions: a light version for quick download, and a higher-resolution version for printing. A printed edition will be mailed to hard-copy subscribers as soon as possible.

In this packed 50-page edition you’ll find BCFO news including details of the Tumbler Ridge AGM and upcoming BCFO trips; some surprising CBC reports; the latest from the Young Birders Program; six remarkable Avian Encounters; Ecuador and Kalahari trip reports; six Briefings; regular columns including the first Gone Pishing; five Special Reports; and nine pages of tables in the Lister’s Corner. Beware, though: nature is several times shown red in tooth and talon.

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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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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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