September 6-12, 2019

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Pictured: The first Fox Sparrow banded for 2019 Fall Migration Monitoring. Fall Migration Monitoring continues to keep us unusually busy. Across our past 25 years of monitoring, we band an average of 480 songbirds over the course of September. Yet this year we have banded 706 birds since September began. With over two weeks left… Read more »

August 30-September 5, 2019

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This week we began our Owl Migration Monitoring program that targets two very small owl species: the Northern Saw-whet Owl, which is about the size of a pop can, and the slightly larger Boreal Owl. Despite the targeted efforts of researchers across Canada and the United States, these owls’ movements are still poorly understood. Before… 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 16-22, 2019

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Things continue to slow down for our Fall Migration Monitoring program with only 169 birds banded in the last week. The weather has not been cooperating with rainy days becoming windy days – preventing mist-netting to the extent that only one day this week achieved full net hours. Not only has the weather been impacting… Read more »

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 »