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Upcoming Meetings

Saw-whet owl

Saw-whet Owl
Photo: Barry Cherriere

The dates for the 2016/2017 Bird Study Group Meetings are as follows.

Meetings start at 7:30 PM. Visitors are always welcome.
You are invited to come early at 7:00 for coffee and conversation.

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January 16, 2017 

The State of North America’s Birds (Andrew Couturier)

Of the 1154 bird species that occur in North America, one third require urgent conservation action, according to a new report by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. The report is a call to action to governments, private industry, and the public to come together to support a beloved shared resource: our migratory birds. This presentation will present the major findings of the report and discuss the role of people in making conservation happen.

Getting to Know Long Point Tip (Ben Oldfield)

Ben will be describing his adventures as an intern on the Tip of Long Point in the middle of Lake Erie at Canada’s oldest bird banding station. The Tip as it is known is a key component of the Long Point Bird Observatory migration monitoring network.

February 27, 2017 

Hawk Migration at Corpus Christie (Matt Mills)

Corpus Christi hawkwatch is a world class migration site where upwards of half a million migrating raptors are seen each fall. Visitors to the hawkwatch platform are often treated to great views of south Texas specialty birds such as green Jay and Great Kiskadee and impressive flocks of migrating waterbirds.

March 20, 2017 

Migration (Bradley Woodworth)

Animals face challenges throughout the annual cycle to acquire the necessary resources for survival and reproduction. For migratory species, many of the greatest challenges surround the twice annual journey between breeding and wintering grounds, that can span 100s to 1000s of kilometers. Migration also presents a great challenge for researchers attempting to understand the ecology of these species. Bradley will present research from his graduate studies that studies how individuals and populations of migratory songbirds of the Atlantic flyway respond to challenges throughout the annual cycle using individual tracking technologies, long-term demographic data, and novel statistical techniques.

April 24, 2017 

Fall Birding in Kazakhstan – Central Asia (Peter Thoem , David Brewer and Rick Ludkin)

Not your average birding destination; but the Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia act to concentrate the spring and fall migrations along a fairly narrow pathway; it’s some of the world’s best birding. Our travelers: David Brewer, Rick Ludkin and Peter Thoem, were part of a small team of Canadians who spent two weeks last September at a bird observatory in Kazakhstan. This is their story complete with insights into the interesting and delicious food, vodka as a staple diet item, language challenges and the sometimes rudimentary living conditions at the field station.


Burlington Senior’s Centre
2285 New Street, Burlington
Auditorium B
Lots of free parking near the New Central Library.


Map to the Burlington Senior’s Centre


The Bird Study Group meetings are normally held on the third Monday of the month.

Bird Study Group meetings normally feature reports of recent sightings, news of birding events, an Identification session focussing on birds which can be difficult to identify in the field, and a main program whose subject can be anything from a talk on bird skins to a slide show on the birds of a distant place.

If you are a beginning birder, come out to learn more about birds. If you are an experienced birder, come out to share your knowledge and enthusiasm.