BC Breeding Bird Atlas
Bird Studies Canada
5421 Robertson Road
Delta, BC V4K 3N2
People often ask me what they can do for bird conservation.
Join the atlas project! It is fun and the results are part of a
foundation for conservation in British Columbia for years to come.
- Rob Butler, Atlas Coordinator
The Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV) Management Board recognises that the Atlas will provide a
critical foundation to bird conservation in British Columbia, and unanimously endorsed the project at their
Board Meeting on 20 November 2007.
British Columbia is an important part of the Pacific Coast Joint Venture. The BC Breeding Bird
Atlas will provide much needed information for conservation planning. The PCJV Management Board fully supports
this effort." - Tom Dwyer, US Co-Chair of the Pacific Coast Joint Venture.
Welcome to the
British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas!
Birds can tell us important things about our environment. Their presence and abundance provide an early warning of the state of ecosystems and their eggs and tissues track trends of contaminants in the environment.
Over 300 species of birds breed each year in British Columbia - more than any other province in Canada. Sixty-five species breed nowhere else in Canada and for several other species, British Columbia holds the majority of the world population. For these reasons, British Columbia plays a pivotal role in Canada's bird conservation efforts.
Latest news from the atlas
09 May 2013:Appeal for B.C. breeding bird and habitat photographs
The Atlas Publication Committee is seeking free contributions (i.e. unpaid) of very high quality, colour photographs of every breeding bird species in B.C.
We do stress that the overall well-being of the birds is our top priority, and photographers should not cause any stress or harm to wildlife or habitat while obtaining photos. We will not use any photographs that were unethically acquired, or that did not follow the "Ethics of Birding" guidelines.Please read and follow the instructions details here.
Photographs for consideration can be submitted in the following ways (DO NOT SUBMIT FILES BY E-MAIL, thank you):
1. On CD/DVD, memory card or portable hard drive to: Christopher Di Corrado, BC Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator, 5421 Robertson Road, Delta, BC V4K 3N2.
2. Online via our Dropbox account. Please contact Christopher Di Corrado cdicorradoATbirdscanada.org or 1-877-592-8527 to be invited to the account.
3. If you have a large collection of photographs that you would like to make available (e.g., from a web-based collection), please contact the Atlas office with some basic information on the size and scope of your collection, and any weblinks and passwords required to view photographs.
Please note that while we sincerely appreciate your submissions, not all photographs submitted for consideration will be used in the publication, thank-you.
24 April 2013:'Tis the season to be birding
Are you having Atlas-withdrawal symptoms? The best way to cure them is to get out birding!
See if you can spot BSC Scientist, Rob Butler, at the Tofino Shorebird Festival May 3-5 and attend a ceremony to mark the designation of a new a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve on May 3.
That same weekend, you could meet BSC staff at the following events BC Nature AGM in Abbotsford May 2-5. The website also has news on the upcoming bird blitzes.
Looking for more? Join in the events for International Migratory Bird Day in Vancouver May 4-11 for a whole week of presentations, walks and education. Head to International Migratory Bird Day in Victoria for a Winged Migration event, May 11.
If you are on southern Vancouver Island, attend the BC Field Ornithologists AGM in Sidney, May 10-12.
Head toward the Okanagan and join in the events for the Meadowlark Nature Festival May 16-20 for lots of fun activities and events.
Mapping birds is quickly becoming a world-wide phenomenon. It is fun to participate of course, but the results are an invaluable foundation of information for conserving birds and their ecosystems. Not long ago, atlases were books of maps but more recently atlases have on-line versions that are interactive. The BC Breeding Bird Atlas will be on-line and we hope to have a book too. To find out more, click here.
Join the atlas!
Anyone can participate in the Atlas. All you need is a pair of binoculars and some birdwatching experience or
the desire to learn about birds. You need to be able to identify birds correctly but you do not need to be
expert - all records are welcome. All data are entered on-line and the results will appear on this web site.
The coordinator will recommend an area (10x10 km square) where you should plan to spend at least 20 hours over the 5 years of the project.
You are also strongly encourage to report observations done outside of your square, anywhere else in B.C.
A statement from our patron
I have had a life long interest in birds. They have brought joy to an increasing number of people around
the world but especially in Canada. In recent years I have noticed an alarming decline in many
species I once considered a common part of my world. Bird populations are of course the proverbial canary in
the coal mine. The health of their populations relates to the health of humans. The
Breeding Bird Atlas puts scientific muscle behind vague impressions. It also stimulates public awareness and
even that sense of joy I had in my youth. — Robert Bateman, Patron of the Atlas. Photo by Birgit Freybe Bateman.
TOP 10 CONTRIBUTORS
List of participants who contributed the most to data collection. For a complete list, click here.
Photo: Jamie Chavez
Atlas season is near – actually, for some, it's already
here! Owls are calling at night, and the coastal Hutton's Vireo is singing all
day around the Atlas office, in the Alaksen National Wildlife Area. They usually
set up territory and nest before the main atlas period and may be overlooked.
Make sure you aren’t confusing these with rambunctious and vocal Ruby-crowned