Today we say a bitter sweet goodbye and good luck to our colleague, Sam Hache.
Sam is taking off to some bigger and better things, working with Environment Canada in Yellowknife as a Wildlife Biologist. He is very excited to be working with the landbird working group. Sam was a great mentor to all of us, and we will miss his help, guidance, and amazing hockey skills that kept us on our toes.
Birds face many threats when they come into contact with urban populations. One of the leading causes of avian mortality in cities is window collisions. In Canada it is estimated 25 million birds are killed each year as a result of bird window collisions.
The Birds and Windows Project was developed to use citizen science and active participation to continue to identify the factors that affect collision risk at residential homes.
Last fall Environment Canada released a report on the leading causes of human related bird deaths, with collisions with houses or buildings tied for second spot with power lines, collisions and electrocutions, behind domestic and feral cats. Most studies on window collisions have focus on tall skyscrapers but based on the sheer number of houses compared to tall skyscrapers, houses represent 90 % of the mortality. More work is needed; only four studies in the past have focused on bird window collision mortality at houses.
To better understand what can be done to reduce bird window collisions at your home, the University of Alberta has developed this project to actively involve YOU in data collection. We are asking you to think about bird window collisions you have observed in the past and would like you to regularly search around your residence for evidence of bird window collisions in the future.
This project is Canada wide and will be running at least until the end of 2014.