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Spring Birding and the Upcoming Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Canada warbler, Special Concern

During this one-hour session, you’ll learn about spring birding in Ontario, what Ontario’s Breeding Bird Atlases tell us about birds in our province, and how you can get involved. Whether you are an expert birder, a beginner, or thinking about taking up a new hobby, this webinar will inspire you to connect with nature and observe the many species you help protect through your Ontario Nature membership.

Presented by songbird biologist Mike Cadman, with special guest Emma Horrigan, Ontario Nature’s Breeding Bird Atlas project lead.

If you can’t make it for the live presentation don’t worry, we will send all registrants a recording of the webinar soon after. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Emma manages Ontario Nature’s Citizen Science and Nature Guardians Youth Program, and collaborative projects with agricultural and research partners. Emma completed her M.Sc. in arctic ecology at the University of Toronto, and her Bachelor’s degree in forest conservation. She has been involved in several citizen science research initiatives across Ontario, ranging from biochar to salamanders, and turtle road mortality to agricultural pests. As an avid birder, Emma is excited to represent Ontario Nature in the Atlas-3 project.

Mike has been a Songbird Biologist for Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), Ontario Region, since 1992. Much of his professional life has been devoted to breeding bird atlases. He coordinated Ontario’s two atlas projects (1981–1985 and 2001–2005), co-edited the resulting books, and, in what sometimes feels like Groundhog Day, he is coordinating Atlas-3. For CWS, he has worked on the Ontario Forest Bird Monitoring Program, was involved in the development of the Marsh Monitoring Program and has worked extensively on aerial insectivores. He has co-authored status reports for five species at risk and is a member of Recovery Teams for four Species at Risk. Mike does most of his birding in Wellington County but has traveled widely. His favourite trip was a Quest Tour of Tanzania, where the mammals were as great as the birds.

The webinar is full. We will be offering a second one on April 20, 2021 at noon. You are welcome to register for that one.

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