Category: Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count 2023

Get your binos and warm clothes ready! Our annual Christmas Bird Count will be on Thursday December 28th, 2023!  Ron Jasiuk and Russ McGillivary are organizing this year’s event. We will shortly be sending out details and invitations, so if you miss them, Contact us! Across North America naturalists have been participating in Christmas Bird Counts for well over 100 years. The first Headwaters Nature Christmas Bird Count was conducted on 12 Dec 1987 when the club was know as the “Upper Credit Field Naturalists.” The citizen science data gathered by volunteers is used to track changes in populations and ranges of bird species. Searching for birds is a great way to spend the day. It’s fun often exciting and you get to spend part or all of your day with fellow bird nerds. The circled area on the map is our “count area.” We only count birds that are within… Read more »

Preventing the introduction of Invasive Species

Julia Ruhl will be presenting “Preventing the Introduction of Invasive Pests into Canada“. Think Emerald Ash Borer … for which she was the outreach and media spokesperson when the invasive Emerald Ash Borer was introduced into northern Ontario. What else are we aware of? Hemlock Adelgid? Lantern Fly? Lyme Disease and the other associated illnesses? Julia will talk about: the role of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in respect to preventing the introduction of invasive plant pests into Canada rules and regulations of importing plants and plant material into Canada what are invasive pests and their significance to the environment, economy and trade examples of regulated pest introductions what can we do to prevent such potential introductions Julia Ruhl has an Honours B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph. She worked for the federal government for 30 years in a variety of scientific positions including inspection, auditing and… Read more »

Christmas Bird Count 2022 for Headwaters Nature

The Christmas Bird Count was on Dec 28, a calm day after a week of bitter cold, snow and howling winds. The temperature was from -2ºC  to +3ºC. Unfortunately waterways were frozen from the prior cold spell. The area that Headwaters Nature and friends cover for the annual Christmas Bird Count is officially labelled ‘ONCD’. It covers much of Caledon as well as parts of Orangeville and Erin. This is the 31st count, beginning in 1987 with a few missing years. We had a total of 11 teams, each with part of or the whole of the various Areas outlined in the above map.  There were also 4 Project FeederWatch reports submitted to Headwaters Nature. We had 48 species which is the best since 2005 (average 39.4 the last five years), but a number of these species are only represented by one or two birds. Our total count of 3135 is… Read more »