August 9-15, 2019

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This week was the slowest week yet this fall. Even so, 344 birds were banded and just as things seemed to be really slowing down, we caught 91 birds on August 14, bringing our total bands to 2,008 birds from 50 species. Since last week, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have surpassed their previous fall banding record of… Read more »

August 1-8, 2019

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Fall Migration Monitoring continues to keep field staff busy at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. As of August 9, we have already banded 1793 birds of 45 species. We are getting very few of our own bands recaptured, suggesting that many of our locally breeding birds have already left the area. With seven weeks… Read more »

July 25-31, 2019

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Pictured: Water flooding over road south of Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory, July 25. This week for the LSLBO had a dash of chaos tossed into the middle. A storm rolled in on July 25 that would hinder observations for the day, flood the nearby community of Marten Beach, and wash out two culverts along… Read more »

July 19-25, 2019

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Fall migration began picking up this week at the LSLBO. Many of our warbler species are already on the move and the songs of remaining birds have become very intermittent and half-hearted. The forest has become much quieter and we are seeing less evidence of active breeding every day. July 21 saw the first burst… Read more »

July 11-18, 2019

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As surprising as it may sound, we have nearly completed our first week of Fall Migration Monitoring at the LSLBO after starting operations on July 12. Although there is still ample evidence of active breeding in the area, a trickle has begun of birds heading south for the winter. We have already banded nearly 250… Read more »

July 7-13, 2019

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Just how many birds caught already have bands on them? A common question at the banding lab, and one that we as banders are also very interested in. Over the duration of this past spring migration, we logged 101 recaptures. The majority of these recaptures are usually individuals who have recently been banded but are… Read more »

June 30 – July 6, 2019

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This week is our fourth MAPS period. We banded the first fledgling of the year, a Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler who inspired our weekly article. Read on and meet Mywa, an opinionated Myrtle Warbler fledgling who chats up one of our banders about breeding research. Morning chat with Mywa “Hey!” A small brown, streaked bird is… Read more »

June 21-27, 2019

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We completed the second round of our Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program. We have recaptured many birds that were banded at the same sites in previous years; several of which we estimate to be over 4 years old. A pleasant capture was three silky Cedar Waxwings. These birds feel as soft as they… Read more »

June 14-20, 2019

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With Spring Migration Monitoring complete, the LSLBO has begun our MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) program. MAPS is a continent-wide program studying bird populations in order to conserve them and their habitats. By banding during the breeding season, population features such as productivity (young fledged) and survival (adults returning to breed) can be estimated…. Read more »

June 6-13, 2019

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On June 10, our Spring Migration Monitoring program was wrapped up for the 2019 season. Since the Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park was closed from May 31 to June 4 and the station could not be safely operated, it is difficult to say how successful our monitoring efforts were. It is unclear how, if at… Read more »