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Bird Ecology and Conservation Ontario
Newsletter No. 6, December 2016
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Wrapping up 2016

2016 was a busy year for BECO with the launch of our new program on birds at risk in agricultural landscapes. Most of our efforts were focused on Bobolink, a threatened species whose population has declined more than 75% in Ontario over the last few decades. These remarkable birds have one of the longest annual migrations of all North American songbirds, with a round-trip flight covering approximately 20,000 km each year. Their charismatic, bubbly, rambling song and helicopter-like flight displays make this species unmistakable.

This year, we monitored Bobolink nesting in pastures and hay fields, attached miniature radio transmitters to a handful of birds to learn more about their movements and habitat use, and surveyed across four watersheds in Ontario to find out more about how frequently this species nests in different land cover types.

This short video, created by Gerald Morris, BECO's 2016 Grassland Bird Field Assistant, provides a snapshot of one of our Bobolink projects.
Bobolink video
Studying Bobolink in Grazed Pastures
Our fundraising pitch

As we head towards the end of 2016, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that BECO is a charitable organization and you can help fund our projects by making a tax-deductible donation. Conducting scientific research to support evidence-based conservation for Ontario's at-risk birds is an expensive endeavour. What kinds of costs are associated with our work? Here are a few examples:
  • $4,000 to purchase radio transmitters, banding supplies, and other equipment for our 2016 pilot radio telemetry project
  • $6,000 in travel costs to monitor Bobolink in rotationally-grazed pastures in 2016
  • $1,000 to publish a research paper in a peer-reviewed journal
We truly appreciate every donation, large or small, and your support as we work towards improving conservation efforts for Ontario's declining songbird populations.

To all of you who have already contributed and to those who participate in and support our projects in other ways, thank you for helping BECO and birds at risk!
Happy holidays
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