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Saw-whet owl

Saw-whet Owl
Photo: Barry Cherriere

The dates for the 2017/2018 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.

We meet at the Burlington Senior’s Centre, 2285 New Street, Burlington in Auditorium B. There’s lots of free parking near the New Central Library. Click for a map to the Burlington Senior’s Centre


November 20, 2017 

Lake Erie: what do the birds tell us? (Doug Tozier)

Summary: We hear most about the influence of recent changes in Lake Erie on humans, especially harmful algal blooms and safe drinking water, but it is also important to keep in mind the many complex ecological processes negatively impacting Great Lakes waterbirds and other wildlife. This presentation by Bird Studies Canada’s Ontario Program Scientist will overview what the current conditions in Lake Erie mean for the numerous bird species that depend on the lake for nesting and migration, including information collected on the issue by hundreds of Citizen Scientists.

BIO: Doug has always been interested in birds. His early interest in bird biology grew into a life-long passion with a B.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph; a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Avian Conservation Biology from Trent University in Peterborough; and numerous contracts and jobs working on birds in places ranging from northern Ontario to Oklahoma to Georgia. He is currently Ontario Program Scientist at Bird Studies Canada’s National Headquarters in Port Rowan, Ontario, where he coordinates the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program and the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, and provides scientific oversight for all of BSC’s other Ontario-based bird monitoring and research programs.

December 4, 2017 

Cape May, NJ in May: The Delaware Bay Shorebird Project & more (Bob Curry)

Also with Mark Peck from the ROM collecting your found dead birds. More details TBA.


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.

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