May 27 – June 2, 2021

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Our 8th most commonly banded species at the LSLBO is the Canada Warbler, a grey and yellow bird whose most distinctive feature is its necklace of black feathers. They are a long-distance migrant that breeds in the boreal forest. Because of habitat change on their wintering grounds, they are listed as threatened in Canada, while… Read more »

August 27 – September 2, 2020

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By Robyn Perkins, Bander in Charge September brings the beginning of the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory’s owl migration monitoring program, and with it sleep loss for our banders as they juggle a program that runs nightly (owls) and another that begins at sunrise (songbirds). Concern over our sleep got me wondering how birds sleep… Read more »

August 23-29, 2019

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The wind has continued to plague our monitoring operations again this week, but conditions are improving. Unlike last week, where we were only able to open the mist-nets for 52% of the monitoring period, this week we have achieved 68% of our netting coverage. Although we have had the nets open for longer, we have… 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 »