UBC Forestry student Tristen in Forest and Conservation Sciences shares some great insight about the importance of wildlife data.
@teb310: "This is a Hermit Thrush, one of the many bird species caught and banded at the WildResearch banding site in Iona Beach Regional Park. Many birds pass through the hands of the volunteers at this site in fall and spring, as the station falls directly on their migration path known as the Pacific Flyway. These banders send the data they collect at Iona Beach to international scientific data bases which provide important information on regional bird populations, migration patterns and changing behavior. This data is essential to bird conservation efforts worldwide. Visiting here with UBC’s Wildlife Society and seeing the banders’ space and how they work was an awesome experience, and I would love to volunteer here in the future! #CONS101UBC#UBCForestry"#banding#Wildlife#WildResearch#conservation#HermitThrush
On Week 3 of our Fall Migration Monitoring Program, we caught a yellow warbler with a deformed bill (top photo).
We’ll be submitting samples to @USGS Alaska for their study of viral causes of bill deformities.
WildResearch members are making a difference. They also receive regular newsletters filled with interesting observations such as these from the banding station, job listings, events, and workshop opportunities.
Become a member to receive training, get involved, and contribute to conservation science (http://wildresearch.ca/get-involved/)!
A very handsome golden-crowned kinglet banded today during our Fall Migration Monitoring Program at the Iona Island Bird Observatory. Our season continues till October 7th, so be sure to sign up for a shift! #wildresearch#iibo#birdbanding#fallmigration
Only one more day till the start of our Fall Migration Monitoring Program at the Iona Island Bird Observatory! This season runs from August 27 - October 7. Sign up for your shift on Better Impact. Looking forward to seeing you there! #wildresearch#iibo#fallmigration
Only one day left of the 2018 IOC! It sure was fun! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! Here are a couple of highlights from the week: pic 1 - WildResearch Nightjar Program Coordinator, Elly Knight, discusses the intricacies of running citizen science programs on these aerial insectivores. Pic 2 - a couple of classic WildResearch members, Ian and Jeremiah, chatting during the poster sessions. It’s been great seeing so many familiar faces! Looking forward to seeing a few more tomorrow! #wildresearch#ioc2018#whereswildresearch
There are some amazing prizes to be won by entering our draw at our booth during the IOC! Be sure to pop by sometime over the next few days for your chance to win! #wildresearch#ioc2018#whereswildresearch
Only four days left till the start of our Fall Migration Monitoring Program at the Iona Island Bird Observatory! This year we are open August 27 to October 7. Members be sure to nab your spot on Better Impact. Non-members - this is a great time to join our team! Find out more at wildresearch.ca! #wildresearch#fallmigration#birdbanding#iibo
Only five days till our Fall Migration Monitoring Program starts at the Iona Island Bird Observatory! Members sign up for your shifts through Better Impact. Non-members, visit WildResearch.ca to join! #wildresearch#iibo#birdbanding#fallmigration
Only 6 days left till the start of our Fall Migration Monitoring Program at the Iona Island Bird Observatory! This year’s season runs from August 27 - October 7. Members can sign up for shifts on Better Impact. Non-members, this is an excellent opportunity to join us if you’re interested in working on your bird banding skills! #wildresearch#iibo#birdbanding#fallmigration
Day 1 at the International Ornithology Congress (IOC) and things are already interesting! WildResearch Directors Andrew Huang and Myles Lamont had the pleasure of representing WildResearch at today’s Partners in Flight meeting. Way to go guys! #whereswildresearch#wildresearch#ioc2018
WildResearch is excited to announce the start of our Fall Migration Monitoring Program at the Iona Island Bird Observatory in exactly one week from today! This year’s season is scheduled to run 7 days/week from August 27 to October 7. Shifts will soon be available on Better Impact for banders of all skill levels to sign up! #wildresearch#whereswildresearch#iibo#birdbanding#fallmigration
Where’s WildResearch going to be next? You can be sure to find us at the upcoming International Ornithology Congress (IOC) 2018 in Vancouver, BC! Be sure to stop by our booth to say hello. Stay tuned for details on an exciting contest coming your way! #ioc2018#whereswildresearch#wildresearch#birdersunite
WildResearch’s mission is to build, train, and educate a community that contributes to conservation science. They believe that community is the cornerstone of effective conservation science because it motivates and empowers people to contribute, and it’s fun too! We're so glad they're joining us at Wild About Burnaby Lake. Visit their booth to see a display of birds and butterflies, discover their programs and how volunteers can get involved. For the kids, there will be colouring pages, stickers and magnets, pick up a field ID guide for your own nature walks, or some WildResearch merchandise (t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts).
The warbler trio! From left to right: MacGillivray’s Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Yellow Warbler. Sign up for our final days of the Spring Migration Monitoring Program so you won’t miss out on banding these exciting species! #wildresearch#iibo#birdbanding#itsforthebirds 📸 Thomas Dionne
Anna’s hummingbird fledgling caught during banding this weekend. You never know what you’re going to find when you’re banding birds! Make sure you sign up for your shift during the final days of our Spring Migration Monitoring Program! #wildresearch#iibo#birdbanding#itsforthebirds 📸 Andrew Huang
WildResearch welcomes groups visits to the Iona Island Bird Observatory! Pictured here is Dr. David Bradley from Bird Studies Canada showcasing a female American robin for students from Charles Dickens Annex recently. Link in bio to contact us for a field trip! #wildresearch#iibo#birdbanding#forthebirds
I'm happy I got to play being a wannabe biologist with #wildresearch from April throughout May. They're a fantastic organization who give people the chance to gain real field experience on banding migrationary birds. Although I'm sorry for the time I accidentally let go of the first mcgillivray warbler of the season, oops.
Happy birders mending our mist-nets during WildResearch’s first Net-Mending Party this weekend. Thanks to our volunteers who came out for the handy experience, to Ildiko Szabo from @beatymuseum for hosting, and for all the delicious food everyone whipped up for the occasion! Stay tuned for details on our Spring Migration Monitoring Program starting at Iona Island Bird Observatory on April 15th, where we will put our freshly-mended nets to good use! #wildresearch#whereswildresearch#birdbanders#birdbanding#birdnerds#iibo#ionaislandbirdobservatory
Thanks to all our members who made it out to WildResearch’s 8th Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Party! It was a great success! A big thank you to @stanleyparkecology for the great venue, to Dr. Mark Drever who gave an excellent presentation on his shorebird research, and to all our door prize donors! We had some very happy prize recipients. And of course another big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, committees, and board members who made the evening such a great time! #wildresearch#whereswildresearch
Can you spot the threatened species? Research Assistant Ashley Hillman stumbled upon these common nighthawk fledglings while doing field work in the Richardson burn area of northeastern Alberta. Populations of this weird but very cool bird have been declining, but the reasons for the decline are unknown. You can help, by signing up to survey common nighthawk populations with @wildresearch. More information can be found at wildresearch.ca
Be sure to attend WildResearch’s 8th AGM and Volunteer Appreciation Party THIS Saturday, Feb 24th from 6-11PM at the Salmonberry Room in the Stanley Park Pavilion! The Party is a great way to meet fellow members, network with those in your community, and find out more about the inner workings of the organization. We are excited to announce Dr. Mark Drever as our guest speaker to present his research on shorebirds! Plus we have some fantastic door prize giveaways and a FREE dinner (and a cash bar)! Looking forward to seeing you there! #wildresearch#whereswildresearch
Another beautiful morning of bird banding with Wild Research on Iona Island! Finches, Marsh Wrens, Spotted Towhees, Golden-Crown Sparrows, Dark-eye Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Ruby Crowned Kinglets and lots of other lovely company. #wildresearch