Aug 21 – 27, 2014

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The trees are turning colours, the breeze is getting nippy, and the air has that amazing smell that can only mean one thing… Autumn is here. Fall migration monitoring may have started over a month ago, but it has only really started to feel like fall this past week. Plants and weather aside, there have… Read more »

Aug 14 – 20, 2014

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Just the other day I was marveling at the quality of this summer; not just the sun and heat, but the lack of wind. I blame myself for saying it out loud, but the Lesser Slave Lake area seems to have remembered that it likes being windy. The arrival of wind has certainly put a… Read more »

Aug 7 – 13, 2014

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Fall migration is definitely still in full-swing; we were a little worried that things were winding down after a slow start to the week, but the last few days have been the busiest we’ve had all season. Many species have been building in numbers and are just starting to peak, like myrtle warblers, but some… Read more »

July 31 – Aug 6, 2014

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MAPS is done! I I do like MAPS, it’s just that once fall migration starts and the two programs overlap it can become quite stressful. As a brief recap, MAPS is our summer banding program; we run four sites, six times each, in ten day intervals. The reasoning behind only visiting each site once every… Read more »

July 24 – 30, 2014

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the bird observatory. Late last week and into the weekend we experienced nothing but high winds and intermittent rain showers. The rain alone wouldn’t have been bad – it prevents us from opening the nets, but sometimes we can witness very heavy migration during rainy days. The wind was the real downer – birds won’t… Read more »

July 17 – 23, 2014

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After a slow start, fall migration seems to be picking up out at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. Every day we see an increase in the number of songbirds heading south overhead. These birds can be extremely challenging for us to identify. For starters they are high in the sky and little more than… Read more »

July 10 – 16, 2014

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For me one of the most interesting subjects in the scientific world is speciation. Speciation is by definition ‘the evolutionary process by which new species arise’. Although there are different ways that a species will diverge into multiple species, there is one thing that hold true for all speciation events and that is that a… Read more »

July 3 – 9, 2014

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It is hard to believe that fall migration monitoring will be starting in just a couple of days. Normally I say that solely for the benefit of readers who can not believe that birds would already be thinking of heading south, but this year, that is how I feel. Our summer period seems to have… Read more »

June 26 – July 2, 2014

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In celebration of the wonderful weather I am sitting out on my deck to write my article today. As I write, the pair of tree swallows that nested in my birdhouse are busily coming and going with mouths full of insects to feed to their hungry chicks. These swallows seem remarkably brave little birds. They… Read more »

June 19 – 25, 2014

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Last week I got a very interesting call. It was the Information Officer, Michelle, from the Boreal Centre calling to tell me that a man was there who wanted help identifying a picture of what he believed to be a bay-breasted warbler hybrid. Naturally I was skeptical but curious. Hybrids are very rare in the… Read more »