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Winter finch study needs locations
The Canadian Wildlife Service, based in Ottawa, is initiating a pilot project this fall/winter on a group of winter finches. Specifically, we'll be using mist nets, set up beside residential bird feeders, to capture and band Evening and Pine Grosbeaks. We'll also be plucking a single feather from each captured bird for stable isotope analysis, to try and figure out the breeding origins of individuals of these two species. The study area for this pilot year will be eastern Ontario, since we still need to test and refine methods.
We are writing to local naturalist clubs in hopes of soliciting their membership for locations (backyard feeders) in which to catch and band these two species. We hope to start this work as soon as flocks start to arrive. If you have groups of either species reliably frequenting your backyard feeder (for 2-3 days or more) and would be interested in participating in this pilot study, please contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone (613) 991-9903.
Christmas bird counts
Ottawa-Gatineau Christmas Bird Count
Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count
We encourage you to come out for these great traditional birding events in the Ottawa-Gatineau area! You don't need to be an "expert" birder to join in - even counting birds at your feeder from the comfort of your own home can be an important contribution. The more participants the better, to discover what's out there in our area during the fall and winter seasons!
Birds and Windows Project
The University of Alberta has developed the Birds and Windows Project to study bird window collisions at your home. We encourage everyone - whether you've had a bird collision or not - to take a look at our website and participate in the study.
What is the issue?
As a citizen scientist you can help!
The project consists of a brief survey (10 minutes) on the characteristics of your home and any previous history of bird window collisions. After this is completed you are encouraged to actively participate in the study for an extended period by completing daily perimeter searches around your home. Each time you complete a perimeter search we'd like you to enter your observation into our online calendar (which the survey will link you to once you've completed the first stage). If daily searches do not fit you lifestyle we still encourage you to participate. As well, there is no limit to how long you can participate.
Thank you for helping us make our homes a healthy habitat for us and all our neighbours!
PhD student looking for snake hibernacula
I'm a PhD student at the University of Ottawa, as well as a member of the OFNC. As part of my PhD research, I'm investigating habitat selection behaviour of eastern garter snakes. I'm currently looking for snake hibernating sites (hibernacula) in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. If you have information on any known locations of hibernacula in the area, please let me know. Thanks!
OFNC T-shirts now available
Club T-shirts will be available for sale at the next monthly meeting. They feature original artwork by Education and Publicity Committee member Laura Penney. The shirts are 100% organic cotton and are available in sizes small to X-large $15 each.