July 29 – Aug 5, 2020

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By Sachiko Schott LSLBO Assistant Bander At migration monitoring stations like the LSLBO, birds that are captured are tallied in one of two categories each day: birds that were banded, and birds that were recaptured. A banded bird is a one that is captured and banded that day, while recaptured birds are those that are… Read more »

July 23 – 29, 2020

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by Laura Brandon, Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory Although many of us are just starting our summer vacations, birds are already on the move during the third week of fall migration monitoring. In total, we’ve banded 826 birds from 34 species so far this season, the majority of which have been Tennessee warblers and yellow… Read more »

July 17 – 23, 2020

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This was the second week of fall migration monitoring for the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. We are actively observing songbirds as they leave the breeding grounds on an arduous journey with the reward of a warm, insect rich winter spent in southern climes. Despite the slow start to bird movements last week, this week’s… Read more »

July 9 – 16, 2020

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By Robyn Perkins, LSLBO Bander-in-Charge Despite summer just beginning for many people, the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory launched its Fall Migration Monitoring program on July 12. This is the time of year where songbirds hatched a month ago begin trickling away from their hatching grounds while their parents stick around to replace old feathers… Read more »

July 2 – 8, 2020

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By Bronwyn Robinson, Field Assistant Perhaps you are familiar with the nasally weh-weh-weh of a red-breasted nuthatch whisking up a tree trunk. They’re quite small and, in my humble opinion, shaped similarly to a thumb. We often get these fellows at the observatory. They don’t usually migrate, but if food becomes scarce they might all move at… Read more »

June 25 – July 1, 2020

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By Laura Brandon, Boreal Educator All the rainy weather we’ve been receiving this season has been a challenge. However, despite the wet conditions, we just wrapped up a series of breeding bird surveys as part of a special research project for the local forest industry. Staff observed tons of evidence this week that songbirds are… Read more »

June 18-24, 2020

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By Patti Campsall, Executive Director The boreal forest is often referred to as North America’s bird nursery, and this week our researchers are observing lots of signs that birds are right in the middle of their nesting season. While finishing up the second round of the MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) program, they were… Read more »

June 11-17, 2020

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by Laura Brandon, Boreal Educator After completing a very cool and wet Spring Migration Monitoring season, the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory has begun our MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) program which is a continent-wide project coordinated by the Institute of Bird Populations that studies breeding bird populations in order to better conserve them… Read more »

June 4 – 10, 2020

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By Patti Campsall – Executive Director June 10th marked the last day of Spring Migration Monitoring at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. By this time, most of the migratory songbirds are usually done their migration and are busy establishing breeding territories.  However, the slow spring migration trend continued as we were still observing active… Read more »

May 28 – June 3, 2020

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By Laura Brandon, Boreal Educator As spring migration monitoring begins to wrap up for the season, the last of the spring migrants continue to trickle in at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. The recent wet and windy weather has likely dampened migration for many species, causing them to forage at stopover sites a little… Read more »