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 »

May 24 – June 6, 2019

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The LSLBO’s operations were momentarily halted as we were evacuated from the station on May 30 due to the fire near Wabasca. We only resumed operations on June 5 when the Park reopened. For what could be monitored across the past two weeks, it has been another slow period and very few birds have been… Read more »

May 17 – 23, 2019

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On May 22 the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory (LSLBO) participated in the Great Canadian Birdathon. The Birdathon is a yearly fundraiser with teams from all across Canada attempting to see as many bird species as possible within 24 hours. Teams collect donations for local bird conservation groups and 75% of donations are returned directly… Read more »

May 10 – 16, 2019

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Many of our migratory species that breed locally were detected for the first time this year in the past week. These species included Blue-headed Vireos, Least Flycatchers, Western Tanagers (our mascot), Swainson’s Thrushes, Black-and-white Warblers, and Ovenbirds. We are excited to hear warblers’ songs joining in with the local sparrows that have already started to… Read more »

May 2 – 9, 2019

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Despite the cold weather, bird migration is heating up. More songbird species are trickling through daily, but waterfowl movements are the highlight of this last week. On several days, we recorded more than 2,000 geese, with observers at the station counting over 15,000 geese migrating through on Sunday, May 5. Most of these geese were… Read more »