Canada - Bird Studies Canada (BSC)

BirdLife Partner


Founded in: 1960
Members: 7500
Staff: 50
Address: Crown Isle Drive, 251-3399, Courtenay, CA
Email: generalinfo@bsc-eoc.org
Web: www.birdscanada.org

Mission of the organisation

To advance the understanding, appreciation and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, in Canada and elsewhere, through studies that engage the skills, enthusiasm and support of its members, volunteers, staff and the interested public.

Key Activities

  • Monitoring bird populations through a variety of volunteer-based national and regional Citizen Science programs
  • Providing leadership on Breeding Bird Atlas projects in Canada
  • Conducting and directing research on issues of conservation interest
  • Leading conservation and stewardship projects, especially for species at risk
  • Performing data management and interpretation, including Canada’s Important Bird Areas
  • Coordinating the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network
  • Providing training in monitoring techniques, especially for bird banding
  • Education, outreach and communication initiatives

Recent Achievements

  • Collaborated on producing the first State of Canada’s Birds report
  • Co-hosted the successful 2013 BirdLife World Congress in Ottawa, Canada
  • Published results and analysis of 30+ years of data from the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey
  • Completed fieldwork for Maritimes and British Columbia breeding bird atlases; led data analysis, writing, and publication development for those projects
  • Analysis of trends in birds as shown from data from 20 migration monitoring stations across Canada
  • Coordination of many monitoring projects involving some 30,000 volunteer observers each year