The latest newsletter is now available. Click here to download a pdf version or contact us for a printed copy.
BSC Manitoba is conducting a two-part course for young naturalists at FortWhyte Alive on Sunday September 27th and October 4th. This course will cover the basics of bird watching, bird identification and citizen-science participation (identifying birds, counting birds, coding bird behaviour and entering data into an online database). Please spread the word or call 204-989-8355 to register or for more information.
International Migratory Bird Day: May 9th, 8am - 5pm, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. $5 admission for a series of events including a birding walk at 8 am led by Tim Poole, bird banding at 8 am by Paula Grieef, warbler workshop by Paula Grieef at 1 pm and a special presentation on eBird and the Manitoba Important Bird Area (IBA) Program by Christian Artuso
Birding by Ear Workshop by Christian Artuso: 6 pm, May 14 & 21, FortWHyt Alive.
Birding Walk on the Seine River with Save Our Seine: May 23rd, TBA
La Riviere Raptor Festival: Saturday 11 April, 10am - 4pm, Blair Morrison Hall, La Riviere, MB. Free Admission
John Morgan speaks on prairie conservation:7 pm, April 15, Birds Hill Park Ranch before Friends of Park AGM. Details on their website.Happy spring!
This May we will be doing a Great Canadian Birdathon to raise money for Phase 2 of the Atlas (analysing and preparing final products). You can join the team to do a birdathon of your own or support others doing a birdathon by clicking here.Thank you for your support!
Happy spring all! The latest newsletter is now available. Click here to download a pdf version or contact us for a printed copy.
Thank you everyone for all your hard work in our final year of data collection! The latest newsletter is now available. Click here
to download a pdf version or contact us for a printed copy. We apologise for the delay in getting this newsletter out but don't worry, the newsletter will continue in 2015 as we move towards final atlas products. Happy New Year to all!!
BLACKBIRD RAFFLE: PRIZE - WINNER - TICKET #
1 - Warbler Package: W. Watkins
2 - Boreal Owl Package: R. Sigardson
3 - BBQ Package: V. Goossen 4520071
4 - Girls' Package: B. Mike 4520398
5 - Sculpture Package: J. Oberbuchner
6 - Dreamcatcher Package: W. Watkins
7 - Thermos Package: D. Martin
8 - Birders' Package: K. Monson
9 - Boys' Package: L. Blanchette
10 - Snowy Owl Package: E. Blain
11 - Liz Clairborne Package: R. Sigurdson
12 - Hummingbird Package: S. Robertson
13 - Reciprocating Saw Package: H. Boyko
14 - Floral Package: L. Robertson
15 - Buggati Package: C. Louer 507165
16 - Saw-whet Owl Package: A. Louer
17 - Nepal Package: S. Mason 4520297
18 - DVD Package: R. Clarke 506084
19 - Oak Hammock Package: K. Shulz
20 - Stained Glass Package: L. Huisman
GREAT GRAY OWL RAFFLE: PRIZE - WINNER - TICKET #
A - Blackburnian Warbler: E. Huisman
B - Diamond Set: G. Walz 6148154
C - Shorebird Carvings: R. Clarke
D - Quesnel Lake Package: J. Robertson
E - Explore MB Package: R. Dueck
F - Eastern Kingbird Package: G. Grieef
G - Calm Air Package: I. Cook 83430
H - Canada Goose Vest: Y. Park 83153
I - Northern Hawk Owl Package: J.
J - Eagle-Eye Tour Package: J. Sigurdson
Congratulations to all prize winners and thank you to ALL for making this such a memorable evening!
FABULOUS PRIZES at ATLAS DINNER
We look forward to seeing many of you at the atlas celebration dinner on November 7th. If you have not already done so, there are only a few days left to purchase tickets (before 3rd Nov). Contact Paula Grieef at: 204-467-3243 or p_grieef AT ducks.ca). We wanted to mention to you that we have some great door prizes and various raffles with many prize packages. Some of the most exciting raffle prizes include:
* 2 flights from Thompson to Churchill (see here)
* A stay for up to 6 people at Quesnel Lake Caribou Lodge (see here)
* 1 spot (in double occupancy) on Eagle-eye Tours' fantastic "Alberta Birds and Dinosaurs" tour (see here)
For all raffles, we can accept cash or cheque only on the night. Thank you for your understanding! Hope to see you there!
Thank you for a truly outstanding effort in completing five years of atlassing in such magnificent fashion. To read a little more about your achievement, the latest atlas newsletter is now available here. Hope to see many of you at the celebration dinner on November 7th (details in newsletter).
A Tickets for our celebration dinner on November 7th at the Caboto centre(1055 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg)are on sale now until October 31st. Tickets are $30 or tables of 8 may be reserved for $200 (cash or cheque payable to Bird Studies Canada only). Contact Paula Grieef at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-467-3243
A Please send us your stories and photos for inclusion in the newsletter (and perhaps elsewhere). Please also hold the date of November 7th to attend an atlas celebration dinner at the Caboto centre in Winnipeg and let us know if you would like to share a story or two (maybe even a PowerPoint) at the open mic.
Christian Artuso made a brief appearance on Breakfast Television this morning to talk about the nesting of Mississippi Kites in Winnipeg and the atlas. Click here to view the video clip.
A Please hold the date of November 7th to attend an atlas celebration dinner at the Caboto centre in Winnipeg. This will be a great chance to swap stories and share the experience of the last five years. More details to follow!
A few people are doing a Baillie Birdathon to help the atlas. You can join us or support us at:here. Happy spring mgration to everyone!
Feb 20: Manitoba Warblers Workshop At McNally Robinson
Feb 27: Manitoba Shorebirds Workshop At McNally Robinson
March 4: Manitoba Important Bird Areas Workshop for Nature Manitoba
March 15: Nocturnal Owl Surveys begin
March 15: Hawk watch at Windy Gates and St Adolphe begins
April 5: La Riviere Raptor Festival at Blair Morrison Hall, La Riviere
April 13: Manitoba Owls Presentation at Breakfast with Owls - Caboto Centre
April 30: Birding for Beginners - Assiniboine Park English Gardens (6:30 pm) by Nature Manitoba
May 1: Birding By Ear Workshop - Part 1 at FortWhyte Alive
May 3: Birding Workshop at St. Leon Interpretive Center, 10 a.m -3 p.m
May 3: (Note date change) Seven Sisters Birding Outing by Nature Manitoba
May 7: Birding for Beginners - St Vital Park (6:30 pm) by Nature Manitoba
May 8: (Note date change) Owls and Woodcock Excursion by Nature Manitoba
May 8: Birding By Ear Workshop - Part 2 at FortWhyte Alive
May 10: "Birds of Manitoba" presentation by Christian at Migratory Birds Day at Oak Hammock
May 14: Birding for Beginners - Bunn's Creek (6:30 pm) by Nature Manitoba
May 15: Birding By Ear Workshop - Part 3 at FortWhyte Alive
May 17: Shoal Lakes Birding Outing by Nature Manitoba
May 21: Birding for Beginners - King's Park (6:30 pm) by Nature Manitoba
May 28: Birding for Beginners - La Barriere Park (6:30 pm) by Nature Manitoba
Contact us for details and note that some other workshops and events will be posted here soon
The latest newsletter, Winter 2013, is now available here. Happy holiday season to everyone!
Our article on the first confirmed breeding of Golden Eagle in recent decades in Manitoba (published in Canadian Field Naturalist) is now available here. Watch this space for a follow up on this exciting discovery.
Please remember to enter all your data as soon as possible. We would like to begin wrapping up this year's data entry and review process as soon as possible. Thank you for all your hard work!
As of today, the atlas now has over 30,000 hours of survey effort entered and over 28,000 point counts. Thank you everyone for this phenomenal effort.
The latest atlas newsletter - summer and fall 2013 - has just been released. You can download a pdf here or contact us for a printed copy.
We want to say thank you to EVERYONE who participated this summer so please join us for a picnic on Sunday September 29, 12-4 pm at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg. We have reserved picnic site 21 for this event. Bring your lunch and binoculars (maybe linger to enjoy some birding in the English Gardens), and you'll have a chance to win one of our great door prizes. This is also a great opportunity to meet and greet fellow atlassers, share stories, and ask questions.
Please note that the square maps are currently unavailable for download. We are working to fix this problem and apologise for the inconvenience. Please contact us to receive any maps you require.
We will be meeting at 07:30 on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th at Assiniboine Park (south side of the footbridge from Portage)for an informal bird walk.
Spring is slowly coming to Manitoba and our spring newsletter is out just in time! Thank you all for your efforts! Note the many workshops we are running this April and May(details in the newsletter). Click here or email us to request a paper copy.
This year we are launching a series of workshops for atlas participants. On March 5th, Christian is giving a Nature Manitoba workshop on warbler identification at Kelvin High School, room 31. Fee: $5 for Nature Manitoba members, $10 for non-members (students: $3). To register, contact the Nature Manitoba office at 943-9029 or email@example.com. Christian will do a birding by ear series at FortWhyte Alive in the evenings of April 25th, May 2nd and May 9th (free for registered atlassers; contact FortWhyte for details). Christian is doing an introductory Birds of Manitoba class at McNally Robinson on April 17th from 7 - 9 pm; Please click here for details. Christian is also giving a talk on endangered grassland birds at the Living Prairie Museum (call 832-0167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register) on Thurs 28th March from 7pm - 8:30pm. We will also schedule some informal outdoor workshops in early May. Your next newsletter in late March will have full details. Please phone or email us with questions.
The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas has just received a generous donation of $15,000 from Enbridge. Les Scott of Enbridge presented the cheque to Christian Artuso in Winnipeg today.
Christian is giving a presentation on winter birding at Mountain Equipment Coop (their Snowfest event) in Winnipeg on Saturday 24th Nov at 12:30 pm. Click here to view the schedule of events.
The atlas received a mention in the Winnipeg Free Press on Saturday November 3rd, as did other Bird Studies Canada programs, in a story on winter bird feeding. Click here to view the online version or look at pages F11 and F14 in the printed newspaper.
We'd like to remind everyone to send us your tax claims or applications for reimbursement for remote travel throguht the Baillie Fund as soon as possible. Contact us for details. We thank everyone who came to our volunteer oppreciation picnice at Oak Hammock on Septemebr 30th.
The latest newsletter (summer and fall 2012 edition) has just been released and is available here. Please get in touch if you have questions, comments, or would like a printed copy mailed to you.
We will hold a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at Oak Hammock Marsh on Sept 30th from 1 - 4pm. This is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has participated in 2012! It is also a great time to swap experiences and ask questions about atlassing. Meet at the main mound at 1 pm for a picnic lunch. Please bring your own lunch and drinks. If it rains we will move inside to the Canvasback Room. Of course, bring your binoculars as there can be lots of migrants to see at this time of year. You may even walk away with one of our great door prizes.
We now have data in over 2,000 atlas squares... and many more to come. Again, thank you all for the phenomenal coverage and please keep entering your data or sending it to us! See the data summaries for more details (under "Data and Maps").
We have now exceeded 120,000 records, 15,000 hours of survey effort and 10,000 point counts... thank you all for the phenomenal coverage! We have just heard from our team on the Broad River that they have found 3 Golden Eagle nests - the first confirmed breeding in our province in over half a century
Christian & others will do a Baillie Birdathon this year to raise money for the atlas. Please click here and click on "sponsor us" to sponsor any one of the Manitoba team. You might even like to join the team and do a birdathon of your own. Wish us luck for a big day total in excess of 200 species!
Join us on for short, informal atlassing sessions at Assiniboine Park at 6:30 pm on April 25th, May 4th and May 9th. Please note the cancellation on April 27th. We will meet at the footbridge that provides access to the park from Portage (south side of the river inside Assiniboine Park).
As part of our ongoing efforts to create awareness about Species At Risk (SAR), we are pleased to launch a new detailed online guide to Manitoba SAR. To access this site, click here or on the button with an image of a Red-headed Woodpecker in the top right corner of the atlas homepage. We plan to continually add information to this site, so please get in touch if you have questions, comments, or can contribute to this site.
The latest newsletter has just been released and is available here. Please get in touch if you have questions, comments, or would like a printed copy mailed to you.
Join us on April 21st and 22nd, 2012 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm for our annual spring atlas workshop. Atlassing field trips will be begin at 13:00 and 15:00 on Saturday, and 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, and 15:00 on Sunday. For shorter, more informal atlassing sessions and ID help, join us in the Assiniboine Park at 6:30 pm on April 25th, April 27th, May 2nd, May 4th and May 9th. We will meet at the footbridge that provides access to the park from Portage (south side of the river inside Assiniboine Park).
The latest newsletter has just been released and is available here. Our apologies for the delay this time around! Please get in touch if you have questions, comments, or would like a printed copy mailed to you.
To listen to our interview on the atlas on CJOB radio's The Gardener with Dorothy Dobbie, click here
then select October 16th 08:00 AM (we are on after the news and then Dorothy's
As of October 10th 2011, the atlas has hit the dizzy heights of 100,000 records entered! Not to mention over 12,000 hours of effort and nearly 9,000 point counts! Click here to see the data summarised ("1. View Summary Statistics - Manitoba" will show you the total hours and number of records). You can also log in to view your own personal summary statistics. Please continue to enter your data or send it to us!
The latest atlas newsletter, a double issue, Summer and Fall 2011, is now available. Click here to download a .pdf version or click or contact us for a printed copy. You can always view any issue of our newsletter by selecting "Atlas Newsletter" under the "About The Atlas" heading and then clicking on the relevant thumbnail.
A new option to download your atlas daily observation and point count data into Excel files is now available (when you login, look for the "Browse Results" section and click on "Your Data Forms", then on the right you will see the "download data" option). These downloaded files can be used for your own records or imported into Ebird (contact Christian us for details). Note that this does not apply to standard breeding evidence forms, which are not date specific.
On August 31st 2011, we hit the dizzy heights of 10,000 hours of survey effort entered into the atlas database! This data comes from over 1700 atlas grid squares. In addtion, we have over 8,400 point countes entered. Thank you everyone for this phenomenal achievement!
We have uploaded a series of photos taken by atlas participants this summer. Click here, to view these photos (or click on "Atlas Photos" under the "About the Atlas" heading).
Ken De Smet has just confirmed breeding Snowy Egrets at Whitewater Lake. This is the first confirmed breeding for this species in Manitoba! Look for details in our fall newsletter.
Point count season is winding down but still lots of atlassing to be done, especially confrming breeding by seeing adults feeding young! Remote atlassing conducted in Grass River PP, Wapusk NP, North Knife Lake, Shamattawa and many other areas and still going on along the Bloodvein and Berens River with Adikaki to come! Exciting times (photos and reports to follow of course). Look for a double newsletter in fall!
We have just launched a new, OPTIONAL, way of recording and entering atlas data. Daily observation forms will allow you to keep track of the birds you see in any given square on any given day. Daily observation data gets transferred to your breeding evidence form automatically and can be imported into your Ebird account at the end of the season. Click here, to read more about this option.
We have just launched a new quiz page, which is a great way to gain familiarity with atlas codes.
Our spring newsletter is now available HERE or contact us for a printed copy.
On the weekend of April 9th and 10th we are holding a series of atlas workshops at FortWhyte Alive in Winnipeg. We will review the complete process of atlassing in four sessions (Sat 9:30 - 11:30 am, Sat 1 - 3:30 pm, Sun 9 - 11:30 am, Sun 1 - 3:30 pm). Each session will have three parts: an indoor introduction, an outdoor atlassing workshop, and an indoor data entry session. We will also have a sparrow ID workshop on Saturday at noon and a raptor ID workshop on Sunday at noon. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to instruct people in using GPS and answer any questions. Hope to see you there! Contact us for a full schedule. No need to register, just show up!
year, several keeners are going to do a Baillie Birdathon to raise money for the
Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas. A birdathon is a lot of fun and our team will designate
the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas as our conservation charity so that 50% of funds
of all funds raised will go directly to the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas and the
remainder will go to general programming, including of course the Baillie Fund
that supports so many conservation projects. Please support us by going to our
page then clicking on the name of any of the team members on the right
hand side of your screen under "Sponsor a Team Member" and then on the "sponsor
me" button (or join the team and do a birdathon yourself!). Thank you!
The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas and the Manitoba
Nocturnal Owl Survey (NOS) have teamed up to make your data do double duty! From
now on, all NOS data will be automatically entered into the atlas. Simply conduct
your NOS route in the usual fashion and we will take care of it; HOWEVER, if you
are feeling generous, you can do a few things to help us do this more efficiently.
Please click HERE
to read our step-by-step instructions.
Since some Great Horned Owls are already incubating, the time to start looking
for owls is already upon us. Contact us for more details (use our toll-free number:
1-800-214-6497 if you like).
On March 13th,
2001, we hit the dizzy height of 500 registered atlassers! The lucky #500 was
Kyle Lewkowich of Winnipeg. From here, it is onward and upward!
Our database and
web guru, Denis Lepage, has just installed a new feature on the data-entry web
site, in the breeding evidence and the point count forms. From now on, if someone
enters a breeding code for a species that is considered unusual (e.g. NB
for Brown-headed Cowbird), they will be given an explanation as to why that code
is problematic. There are 3 levels of errors: caution
(green icon), unusual
and invalid code (red
icon), and you can leave your cursor over the icon or click
on them for specific details. Hint, if you want to see it in action: DD
for most ducks is a caution, T
for Great Blue Heron is unusual and N for
almost any bird other than wrens and woodpeckers is invalid.
On the weekend of April 9th and 10th we are holding a series of atlas workshops at FortWhyte Alive in Winnipeg. We will review the complete process of atlassing in four sessions (Sat am, Sat pm, Sun am, Sun pm). Each session will have three parts: an indoor introduction, an outdoor atlassing workshop, and an indoor data entry session. We will also have some ID workshops and staff and volunteers will be on hand to instruct people in using GPS and answer any questions. Hope to see you there!
From now on, your name will automatically appear beside your observations in all data summaries. This change also applies to the participant's statistics page. If you would rather that your name didn't appear, please login then click on the "Your Profile" button under the "Review Your Profile" options and then reply "No" to the question "Should your name appear on the data summary page when your records are displayed?". If you have any problems, please contact the Atlas Office
Thank you everyone for all your hard work in our inaugural year! The Atlas 2010 winter newsletter is now available. Click here
to download a pdf version or contact us for a printed copy.
partner, NCC (Nature Conservancy of Canada) holds an annual dinner to celebrate
nature. Their theme for their next annual dinner, on May 5th 2011, is "A
Songbird Soirée" and the Atlas will be participating! Click here
to view the invitation and "save the date"!
on some of the highlights of our first year has just been published. The reference
Artuso, C., Taylor, P., De Smet, K., and Raitt,
D. 2010. Notable Records From The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas 2010 Season. Blue
Jay 68(3): 114 - 123.
A PDF copy of the article is available here.
excited to announce that the species distribution maps, based on 2010 data entered
to date, are now viewable on this web page. Go to "Data and Maps" and then click
on "Bird Maps" (the first item on the drop down menu)... or you can just click
here. Once there,
you can choose the species whose map you wish to view. You will find that looking
at the maps is a lot of fun and it can help you plan for next year!
Atlas was featured in today's (Nov 1st) Winnipeg Free Press. Click here
to view the article.
Well, our data entry deadline has come and gone so we are now starting to prepare our summary reports and marvelling at the tremendous effort volunteers made this year. Nonetheless, some people have indicated that we need a little more time so we are extending the deadline and will accept data until the end of the year. PLEASE note however that the sooner you get your data in the easier it is for us to begin our preparations for next year and write our reports for Year One. Thank you so much everyone for the phenomenal contribution in our first year!!
An article on some of the highlights of our first year has just been published. The reference is:
Artuso, C., Taylor, P., De Smet, K., and Raitt, D. 2010. Notable Records From The Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas 2010 Season. Blue Jay 68(3): 114 - 123.
Contact us if you would like to view a pdf copy.
Many new atlas photos up at on this page, and you can also take a look here for more photos and stories.
In our first atlas year, we have already got some exciting reports that will help our atlas rewrite the range maps for many species. These include Peter Taylor's finding Northern Parula and Pine Warbler in the northern Interlake, Vic Reimer's finding what is perhaps the the southernmost nest of Bonaparte's Gull ever found in Manitoba and several new locations for grassland species like Sprague's Pipit, Chestnut-collared Longspur and Loggerhead Shrike as far north as Riding Mountain National Park. Keep up the great work everyone!
Today, June 15th, 2010, we hit 400 registered atlassers! This represents a huge success part way through our first season. Many have already begun to enter their data on line as well. The point counting season is also well underway despite some very wet weather. We continue to post people's photos on this page, although the demands of the field season mean we are a little slow sometimes at getting around to this. Keep up the great work everyone!
We have now added a data summary tool that should be useful for all atlassers, available here or under the "Data and Maps" tab. In addition, everyone can now view guidelines on the time they should allocate in each habitat type in their square on the Square Summary Sheets. To do this go to "Square Summary Sheets" under the "Data and Maps" tab or click here and enter your square number. Point counters can get information on off-road point counts from the Square Summary Sheets as well.
The printable square maps are now available for download from this page. If you asked us to send you a kit look for it in the mail by the end of the week! If not, all the pieces of the
kit are available for download off the web site. Just in time for the arrival of many species!!
A new free online tool has just been released that should help
everyone become more familiar with the birds in your area. Using this tool,
called Dendroica, you can browse photos, listen to bird songs, and
even test your abilities through quizzes.
We have already prepared the sampling framework for the atlas, including dividing the province in 14 administrative regions. Click here to view our atlassing map and see which region you'll be atlassing in.
The Atlas coordinator, Christian Artuso, maintains a personal
blog about the atlas project. We invite you to visit his site regularly for
interesting details and see what he has to say: manitobabirdatlas.blogspot.com
Within a few weeks, you will be able to start entering your atlas data yourselves in a new section of this web site. Watch this space for any developments.
You can now download here the
Guide for atlassers as well as Atlas data forms as PDF files. Those who
requested a printed kit should start to receive their material soon. We
encourage you to read the participant guide carefully, as it contains a variety
of important information about taking part in the Atlas.