Are you an ornithologist? Mapping Begins for Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas – Wawa-news.com

Are you an ornithologist? You may be interested in the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, a project to map the distribution of birds in Ontario. To learn more about the Atlas, visit Wawa Marina on Sunday, April 24, anytime from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The objective of this five-year Atlas (2021-2025) is to map the distribution and relative abundance of Ontario ca. 300 species of breeding birds. The data collected provides essential information to researchers, scientists, government officials and conservation professionals. It will help guide environmental policies and conservation strategies for years to come. Two previous atlases of Ontario were published from 1981 to 1985 and from 2001 to 2005.

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas. This enormous project is only possible thanks to the participation of the province’s bird watchers. While everyone is welcome to participate in the Atlas, higher levels of birding skill will improve your efficiency and the amount you can contribute. However, we are just starting year 2, so this may be an opportunity to improve your birding skills. There are great resources available on the website (birdsontario.org).

April 23-24 marks the start of Year 2 of Atlas-3. On the afternoon of Saturday, April 23, there will be a series of online webinars (birdsontario.org/2022-kickoff/). On Sunday, April 24, come meet the local regional coordinators. We will be at the Marina, near the Pavilion, on Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Drop by anytime to learn more about this project. We will also take the opportunity to look for waterfowl on the river and other birds around the Marina.

For more information, contact Carol Dersch – [email protected] or 705-852-1055

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