Birding - Sept. 30th, 2017

Canada’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Program is a science-based initiative to identify, conserve, and monitor a network of sites that provide essential habitat for Canada’s bird populations.

On September 30th, 8 observers left Estuary House for a day of birding to monitor waterfowl activity at 12 different sites.  967 birds were sighted, and that represented 38 different species. Highlights were sighting a bald eagle with a duck kill and 70 + red-breasted mergansers on the Estuary Trail as well as a male wood duck with several females in Conn's Mills. 

This information is used to create conservation plans with wildlife in mind and provide valuable data for the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Program.  Recently the work done by FOPE and this group of bird watchers was cited by NCC in their newsletter.

 Black-bellied plover in its winter garb

Black-bellied plover in its winter garb

 Doug, Danielle and Louise in fall garb

Doug, Danielle and Louise in fall garb