Wildlife Preservation Canada (WPC) is looking for volunteer surveyors for the
2018 Adopt-A-Site program. We are looking for help in a number of historic
shrike ‘hot-spots’ across Ontario (Carden, Napanee, Grey-Bruce, Manitoulin,
Pembroke/Renfrew and Smiths Falls).
Volunteers are asked to survey their designated sites three times over the
spring and summer (April 15th to June 30th) for evidence of breeding birds.
Though Carden and Napanee remain the breeding strongholds in Ontario, last year
saw Loggerhead Shrikes reported all across the province, including sightings in
Grey-Bruce, Manitoulin, and Smiths Falls; a pair of shrikes was also found
breeding in the Pembroke/Renfrew area for the first time since 2010! With such
wide-ranging sightings, the recovery program very much relies on the help of
birders across Ontario to make sure that we’re finding all of the birds we can,
and gathering accurate population data.
The Loggerhead Shrike has suffered serious declines throughout its historic
breeding range over the last 50 years. The eastern subspecies, found in
Ontario, has been designated as endangered in Canada since 1991, and was
designated as endangered in Ontario in 1992. WPC has been leading the recovery
effort for this bird since 2003, and every year our field staff to monitor the
numbers and breeding success of wild birds, and breed birds in captivity to
bolster the wild population.
If you would like to help, or would like more information on the Adopt-A-Site
program, please contact me.
Thanks in advance, from the whole Shrike Recovery Team!
Lead Biologist - Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery
Wildlife Preservation Canada
@ 10C Shared Space
42 Carden Street
Guelph ON N1H 3A2
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