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Great Backyard Bird Count Blitz

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations.  Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to...

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Still in Need of a New Year’s Resolution?

If you just can't decide on a New Year's resolution for 2022, consider this: Do you enjoy birding field trips?  Nature interpretation programs?  Educational webinars?  Hikes?  Nature photography?  Social outings in the great outdoors? If so, please make a New Year's...

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New Year’s Resolutions To Help Birds

Create bird-friendly spaces in your yard through native plant gardening Keep feeders, birdbaths, and nest boxes clean and in good repair Participate in citizen science projects such as the Great Backyard Bird Count and Project Feederwatch Turn off outside lights...

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2020-2021 FeederWatch Winter Bird Highlights

Cornell has just published their summary of the past FeederWatch season.   During the past year, over 34,000 people participated in the program, a record high.  Included among the yearly summaries for each region of the US and Canada are articles on How noise and...

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Visit Our New Book Page

If you are looking for a good book to read or give as a gift, we have compiled a list of our favorite nature and bird-themed non-fiction books on our new book page. Our favorite authors who have penned multiple books each have their own section.  The author list is...

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How Do Birds Stay Warm During the Winter?

When winter cold sets in, birds face two daily challenges: don’t freeze and don’t starve. How do they do it? Different birds use different strategies—from freeze-proof toes, to snow dens, to using each other as a heat source. Revisit this feature from the Winter 2019...

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10 Reasons to Support VFAS on Giving Tuesday

VFAS works to protect the birds you love VFAS is an all-volunteer organization that does not have a membership fee and uses 100% of donations for conservation, education, and outreach VFAS volunteers have devoted thousands of volunteer hours just this year VFAS...

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2021 Christmas Bird Count

Join us for the 2021 Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 26. The count is the longest continuous census in the new world. The count stretches from the high Arctic to South America. By volunteering for this event you are helping scientists determine the long-term...

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Winter Finch Forecast

The 2021-2022 Winter Finch Forecast is out.  The forecast is made by analyzing the status of wild food crops such as spruce cones and mountain ash berries and is based on whether or not there is enough food to feed hungry finches in the forests of Ontario  If food...

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2021 Spring Bird Count Results

Our annual Spring Bird Count took place on June 5, 2021. We observed 93 species and 8,864 birds which is consistent with our 36-year average. Here are our notable findings: THE HIGHS: 48 Great-Blue Herons. They continue to do well. This was our second highest total...

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