Birder's Guide

MAY 2014

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30 Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community | May 2014 Bird Studies Canada citizen science monitoring programs, our work helps guide conservation action. BSC maintains Canada's central data- base on birds, and is a primary source of information for researchers. Collaboration with numerous research institutions and conservation partners, including govern- ment and non-government agencies, plays a large part in our success. Port Rowan, Ontario, is home to our national headquarters, and we have sev- eral other offces across Canada. BSC staff coordinate international, national, and re- gional research and monitoring programs, as well as education initiatives that inspire the next generation of birders, citizen sci- entists, and biologists. International Collaboration International collaboration plays a key role in our work. We are the Canadian partner for a number of North America-wide citi- zen science initiatives, such as the Christ- mas Bird Count, the Great Backyard Bird Count, and eBird. One of our most suc- cessful collaborative programs is Project FeederWatch, which we began as the On- tario Bird Feeder Survey in 1976. In 1987, it grew to become a continental survey of winter bird populations that now attracts more than 20,000 participants annually, as a joint program of BSC and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. BSC is also a Canadian co-partner (with Nature Canada) in BirdLife Interna- tional, the world's largest partnership for nature conservation. The Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Program is a global initiative led by BirdLife Interna- tional to identify, monitor, and conserve the world's most critical sites for birds and biodiversity. There are nearly 600 IBAs in Canada. Large numbers of vol- unteers working across the country con- tribute to the program's success through stewardship, outreach, and bird monitor- ing activities. Our Marsh Monitoring Program as- sesses bird populations as indicators of marsh health. BSC launched the program bi-nationally in Ontario and the U.S. Great Lakes states in 1995, and in 2013 pro- duced a report summarizing fndings from the program's frst 18 years (see

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