What We Do
For 10 years we ran four migratory songbird monitoring stations in mangrove swamps in Costa Rica
collecting data on wintering songbirds. This project included research, community
outreach, and education activities.
We worked in collaboration with The Institute for Bird Populations,
The Center for Tropical Research & Conservation Genetics,
The Canadian Wildlife Service, http://www.ec.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=FD9B0E51-1,
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 took on multiple roles, becoming volunteer coordinators, educators, ambassadors for Canada, and fundraisers. At our banding locations in Costa Rica we provided aspiring young biologists with opportunities to learn field techniques through participating in our field research.
We also provided 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, were frequently intermingled with those on birds. Which brings us full circle, for our two countries share many of the same birds at different seasons. Now we are shifting our focus to monitoring migrating birds on McKellar Island in Thunder Bay where we anticipate intercepting birds as they migrate north in the spring and south in the fall. Visitors are welcome by reservation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 no government grants cover any of our costs.