What We Do
We run four migratory songbird monitoring stations in mangrove swamps in Costa Rica
collecting data on wintering songbirds. This project includes research, community
outreach, and education activities.
We work in collaboration with The Institute for Bird Populations,
The Center for Tropical Research & Conservation Genetics,
The Canadian Wildlife Service, http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/wildlife/,
Área de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica, www.acguanacaste.ac.cr/,
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, http://www.tbfn.net/thunder-cape-bird-observatory
and Bird Studies Canada www.bsc-eoc.org/.
In order to perform this work we must take on multiple roles, becoming volunteer coordinators, educators, ambassadors for Canada, and fundraisers. At our banding locations in Costa Rica we provide aspiring young biologists with opportunities to learn field techniques through participating in our field research.
We also provide public programs in campgrounds near our study sites giving young and old alike unique experiences with birds up close and opportunities to learn more about them. Questions about our home, Canada, are frequently intermingled with those on birds. Which brings us full circle, for our two countries share many of the same birds at different seasons.
As fundraisers we have built this website not only to share with you our experiences but also to attract your attention, maybe spark some interest, and generate some support for the work we do. Currently government grants cover less than 25% of our costs.