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Looking for things to do with kids that are fun and encourage learning about nature at the same time? PEPtBO’s Get Out! Kids’ Club and NatureHood Program provides loads of resources for you

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Whether you’re a beginner or experienced birder, there’s a world of joy out there for everyone. Look here for good places to bird in Prince Edward County, advice on how to get started and other resources.

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A slower day at The Point today due to spotty rain showers, but our hard-working team just keeps on going! They have banded over 8500 birds this fall and ther are still 9 days left!

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This is a remarkable number!! Well done all.

It was such a pleasure to meet your group recently...AMAZING people and work ♥

Jessica Bao has written a report for this September!

September treated us well with an average of 105 birds caught per day. We banded an impressive 3,160 individuals of 71 species this month. We banded a decent number of flycatchers, thrushes, warblers, vireos and nuthatches with Swainson's thrushes (SWTH) making a hit at 298 individuals banded. We banded 219 birds on our biggest day which consisted mainly of Blackpoll warblers (BLPW) and Yellow-rumped warblers (MYWA). Over the course of the month, various species were moving through the point which gave for a high diversity of birds being banded on most days. Blackpoll warblers (BLPW) broke the 10-year record of 328 individuals banded with a whopping 423 banded this month! Our top species banded in September were Yellow-rumped warblers (MYWA), Magnolia warblers (MAWA), Blue jays (BLJA) and Red-eyed-vireos (REVI). Golden-crowned kinglets (GCKI) and Ruby-crowned kinglets (RCKI) started moving through with many more to be expected in October. An impressive amount of Black-throated green warblers (BTNW) and Black-throated blue warblers (BTBW) were banded this month as well. We had the pleasure of banding a Merlin (MERL) which was caught on the last day of our Bobolink (BOBO) program!

Our owl banding started on September 20th. With a quiet first week due to heavy winds, we were gifted with our first Northern saw-whet owl (NSWO) on the 26th and have banded a total of 22 in September.

In terms of observations, warblers were the highlight of the month and there were also a decent amount of Cedar waxwings (CEDW) moving through. Black bellied-plovers and American pipits were spotted by the shore while raptors also started to migrate with Sharp-shinned hawks (SSHA), Northern goshawks, Merlins, and Broad-winged hawks on the move. Some beautiful, uncommon birds were also spotted such as the Yellow-billed cuckoo and the critically endangered Redheaded woodpecker.
Here is a table of all the birds banded in September:
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Jessica Bao has written a report for this September!

September treated us well with an average of 105 birds caught per day. We banded an impressive 3,160 individuals of 71 species this month. We banded a decent number of flycatchers, thrushes, warblers, vireos and nuthatches with Swainsons thrushes (SWTH) making a hit at 298 individuals banded. We banded 219 birds on our biggest day which consisted mainly of Blackpoll warblers (BLPW) and Yellow-rumped warblers (MYWA). Over the course of the month, various species were moving through the point which gave for a high diversity of birds being banded on most days. Blackpoll warblers (BLPW) broke the 10-year record of 328 individuals banded with a whopping 423 banded this month! Our top species banded in September were Yellow-rumped warblers (MYWA), Magnolia warblers (MAWA), Blue jays (BLJA) and Red-eyed-vireos (REVI). Golden-crowned kinglets (GCKI) and Ruby-crowned kinglets (RCKI) started moving through with many more to be expected in October. An impressive amount of Black-throated green warblers (BTNW) and Black-throated blue warblers (BTBW) were banded this month as well. We had the pleasure of banding a Merlin (MERL) which was caught on the last day of our Bobolink (BOBO) program!  

Our owl banding started on September 20th. With a quiet first week due to heavy winds, we were gifted with our first Northern saw-whet owl (NSWO) on the 26th and have banded a total of 22 in September. 

In terms of observations, warblers were the highlight of the month and there were also a decent amount of Cedar waxwings (CEDW) moving through. Black bellied-plovers and American pipits were spotted by the shore while raptors also started to migrate with Sharp-shinned hawks (SSHA), Northern goshawks, Merlins, and Broad-winged hawks on the move. Some beautiful, uncommon birds were also spotted such as the Yellow-billed cuckoo and the critically endangered Redheaded woodpecker. 
Here is a table of all the birds banded in September:

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Wow! That’s is so impressive! Great work to all of the PEPBO Team!

Wow! Awesome work all of you! 🐦❤️

Wow.

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The owl banding continues! Our team was thrilled when they had the opportunity to band this lovely Long-eared Owl. 

Interesting facts about owls:

- Owl eyes are fixed into their sockets, meaning that they cannot move their pupils. That’s why you’ll often see owls swivelling their heads over 200 degrees around 

- Owl ears are not symmetrical. Owls have one ear at the top of their head facing forwards, and the other is at the bottom facing backwards. This gives owls the ability to detect prey with immense accuracy 

-An owls body is specifically adapted for silent flight and precision hunting. Their flight feathers are fringed to assist with the passage of air as they sneak up upon their prey

📷: @pauljwildlife

The owl banding continues! Our team was thrilled when they had the opportunity to band this lovely Long-eared Owl.

Interesting facts about owls:

- Owl eyes are fixed into their sockets, meaning that they cannot move their pupils. That’s why you’ll often see owls swivelling their heads over 200 degrees around

- Owl ears are not symmetrical. Owls have one ear at the top of their head facing forwards, and the other is at the bottom facing backwards. This gives owls the ability to detect prey with immense accuracy

-An owls body is specifically adapted for silent flight and precision hunting. Their flight feathers are fringed to assist with the passage of air as they sneak up upon their prey

📷: @pauljwildlife
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Tiny but fierce! Our team has been busy banding many Saw-whet Owls recently. Thank you to @pauljwildlife for capturing this lovely photo of Jessica enjoying her work 🦉

Tiny but fierce! Our team has been busy banding many Saw-whet Owls recently. Thank you to @pauljwildlife for capturing this lovely photo of Jessica enjoying her work 🦉 ...

Fallout at PEPtBO! Thank you to our banding team for this update: 

“On the night of October 4th, the winds were blowing from the north and birds moved into the point in huge numbers. Throughout the morning of the 5th, flocks of birds continued to fall from the sky into our netting area. This was the first sign of our October fall out. The winds and weather continued to be favorable for large movements of birds over the next few days resulting in 4 days of banding with over 400 birds. 

On October 6th the day started strong and continued so much so that over 800 birds were captured that day 400 of which in one net round resulting in us shutting our nets early and releasing over 300 birds un-banded to accommodate for bird safety. The following 2 days remained steady with 500 birds on the 7th and 450 birds on the 8th. 

In these 4 days 1879 birds were banded which is half the number of birds we banded in the entire spring season this year as a comparison. It is an un-precedented number of birds that we haven’t encountered since at least 2005. 

The main species banded during this period were Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers, Ruby-crowned kinglets, Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Brown Creepers. It is also important to note the movement of Tennesse warblers, Nashville Warblers and Blackpoll warblers. Although all 3 still considered late migrating warblers it was interesting to see a final push of them during the fall out at the point. 

Top 10 Species banded: 

Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers (589) 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (445) 
Golden-crowned Kinglet (277) 
Brown Creeper (105) 
Slate-Coloured Junco (58) 
Blue Headed Vireo (54) 
Blue Jay (50) 
Tennessee Warbler (39) 
Nashville Warbler (37) 
Blackpoll warbler (34) 

We would just like to express our greatest thanks to all our volunteers who made these 4 days possible. The total for the fall as of October 11th is 7033 birds beating our last 5 falls by over 2000 birds with still 20 days to go!”

📷: Brown Creeper

Fallout at PEPtBO! Thank you to our banding team for this update:

“On the night of October 4th, the winds were blowing from the north and birds moved into the point in huge numbers. Throughout the morning of the 5th, flocks of birds continued to fall from the sky into our netting area. This was the first sign of our October fall out. The winds and weather continued to be favorable for large movements of birds over the next few days resulting in 4 days of banding with over 400 birds.

On October 6th the day started strong and continued so much so that over 800 birds were captured that day 400 of which in one net round resulting in us shutting our nets early and releasing over 300 birds un-banded to accommodate for bird safety. The following 2 days remained steady with 500 birds on the 7th and 450 birds on the 8th.

In these 4 days 1879 birds were banded which is half the number of birds we banded in the entire spring season this year as a comparison. It is an un-precedented number of birds that we haven’t encountered since at least 2005.

The main species banded during this period were Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers, Ruby-crowned kinglets, Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Brown Creepers. It is also important to note the movement of Tennesse warblers, Nashville Warblers and Blackpoll warblers. Although all 3 still considered late migrating warblers it was interesting to see a final push of them during the fall out at the point.

Top 10 Species banded:

Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers (589)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (445)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (277)
Brown Creeper (105)
Slate-Coloured Junco (58)
Blue Headed Vireo (54)
Blue Jay (50)
Tennessee Warbler (39)
Nashville Warbler (37)
Blackpoll warbler (34)

We would just like to express our greatest thanks to all our volunteers who made these 4 days possible. The total for the fall as of October 11th is 7033 birds beating our last 5 falls by over 2000 birds with still 20 days to go!”

📷: Brown Creeper
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It’s World Migratory Bird Day! 🍁

Today is dedicated to raising global awareness on migratory bird conservation. Birds are found all around the world and play important roles within the ecosystem, however they are declining at an increasing rate. 

During migration, birds face a great deal of threats including window/building strikes and light pollution. Approximately 40% of bird species are migratory and with most of their threats being anthropogenic, it’s important to educate ourselves and create change to see these species thrive. Some examples include:

1. Place decals on windows- birds fly towards windows primarily because they reflect the sky and foliage. By placing decals on your windows, this helps distort reflection. *note: decals must cover the entire window and be placed closely together to be effective
 
2. Use tempera paint or soap- similar to the idea of decals, this method helps take away the reflection of windows. This method is quite cheap and just as effective
 
3. Turn off lights during evening hours- house lights can greatly disorient birds when flying at night. Research is still being conducted, however it’s believed that birds are drawn towards light in response to phototaxis. Phototaxis is the ability for an organism to move directionally in response to light. Keeping porch and garden lights off at night helps to limit disorientation

4. Keep blinds drawn shut after dusk- similar to turning off outside lights, keeping blinds shut limits disorientation which may come from lights inside the home

📷: Sharp-shinned Hawk

It’s World Migratory Bird Day! 🍁

Today is dedicated to raising global awareness on migratory bird conservation. Birds are found all around the world and play important roles within the ecosystem, however they are declining at an increasing rate.

During migration, birds face a great deal of threats including window/building strikes and light pollution. Approximately 40% of bird species are migratory and with most of their threats being anthropogenic, it’s important to educate ourselves and create change to see these species thrive. Some examples include:

1. Place decals on windows- birds fly towards windows primarily because they reflect the sky and foliage. By placing decals on your windows, this helps distort reflection. *note: decals must cover the entire window and be placed closely together to be effective

2. Use tempera paint or soap- similar to the idea of decals, this method helps take away the reflection of windows. This method is quite cheap and just as effective

3. Turn off lights during evening hours- house lights can greatly disorient birds when flying at night. Research is still being conducted, however it’s believed that birds are drawn towards light in response to phototaxis. Phototaxis is the ability for an organism to move directionally in response to light. Keeping porch and garden lights off at night helps to limit disorientation

4. Keep blinds drawn shut after dusk- similar to turning off outside lights, keeping blinds shut limits disorientation which may come from lights inside the home

📷: Sharp-shinned Hawk
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