Atlas of the breeding of birds Ontario reveals surprising trends for bird species in the province.

From Ontario Nature…
After five years of intensive research and collaboration, Ontario Nature (with Bird Studies Canada, Environment Canada, Ontario Field Ornithologists, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources) has published the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, 2001-2005, the most comprehensive and up-to-date book available on birds native to Ontario.
To produce such an authoritative atlas, more than 3,000 volunteers collected 1.2 million individual bird records from across the province. As a result, the atlas contains new data on bird populations in the remote areas of northern Ontario and the boreal forest. This comprehensive, 728-page book includes over 900 coloured maps and 400 photographs of Ontario’s 286 breeding bird species. This atlas expands on the first atlas project of 1981-1985, published in 1987. A comparison of the two datasets reveals a mix of both disturbing and encouraging changes in the distribution and population trends of Ontario’s birds.
Additional highlights from the atlas:
Tree planting, conifer plantations, and natural forest regeneration have helped increase forest cover and provide habitat for forest birds in southern Ontario.
As a result of extensive data collection using new methods, specialized maps were created for the first time for many species, allowing for better conservation planning.
Species that feed on insects – swallows, swifts, martins and nightjars – are in decline, as are birds that depend on grassland habitats.
Cost: $92.50 plus GST = $97.13 (includes shipping within Canada).
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How to order:
Order securely online through Ontario Nature. Follow the links from www.birdsontario.org.
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