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Bird Study Group

Bird Study Group Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. You are invited to come early at 7:00 p.m. for coffee and conversation.

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

Upcoming Meeting


Monday, October 28, 2019

Birds of Australia

Speaker: Dr. Paul Eagles

Dr. Paul Eagles
(Photo: Catherine Eagles)

Our speaker, Dr. Paul Eagles, will take us through his experiences with birds in Australia and their importance to continents ecology and conservation. Many of Australia?s? birds are endemic to the continent. His talk will highlight parrots and the important bird areas of Australia.

Dr. Eagles is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo. He specializes in environmental, recreation and tourism planning, with 45 years of planning experience. He has undertaken planning and research in this field in over 30 countries. He recently spent four years at Murdock University in Perth, Australia, at the school of Environmental Science.


Previous Meetings

Songbird Conservation: Hazards, Recovery Strategies, and What We Can Do to Help Seasonal Migrants

Monday, September 16, 2019

Join us to learn about Jane’s research findings and role in the Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program. You’ll get a chance to discover why shrikes are?fascinating and singular songbirds. Jane will also be discussing why buildings are so hazardous to migrating birds and what we can do to keep songbirds safe along their?migratory journeys.

Jane Hudecki works at Wildlife Preservation Canada on the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program. Before joining this organization and working with this unique species at risk, Jane completed her Master’s degree at the University of?Guelph, where she studied building collision injuries?in migratory songbirds.


Wingtips at our Fingertips: Understanding the Complex Lives of Migratory Animals

Monday, January 21, 2019

HNC Bird Study Group presents Stuart Mackenzie will be exploring the world of migration of winged animals, birds, bats and insects by researchers using different technological tools.

From the Arctic to the edge of the Antarctic the research tool known as MOTUS, a radio tracking system, allows scientists to follow winged animals throughout their life cycle as they travel across the globe. With 600 monitoring stations across 26 countries knowledge is being obtained that was hardly imaginable just a few years ago as 15,000 animals of 110 species have been followed on their migrations.

Stuart Mackenzie began exploring the natural world in the womb, and has been birding since the age of 2. He is Director, Migration Ecology at Bird Studies Canada (BSC) responsible for the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, Long Point Bird Observatory and aspects of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. Stu holds degrees from the University of Guelph and Western University. He is the past-president of the Ontario Bird Banding Association and Chair of the North American Banding Council.

Birding in Falklands

Monday, February 25, 2019

Dr. David Brewer will be taking the audience on an illustrated cruise around the various islands off of the southern tip of Argentina, the Falkland Islands , South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. We will see how David has experienced this truly wild part of the world on his five polar cruises around and on these remote islands. The birds and mammals of the Southern Atlantic Ocean will be highlighted. ?David will take us to a part of the world that will intrigue and open our imagine.

David Brewer is a renown author and bird researcher. His talks are aimed at all levels of the audience. His travels have taken him around the world and he is always delighted to share his experiences with the audience.


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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