|Speakers:||Audrey Heagy, Conservation Planning Biologist, BSC|
|Location:||Our regular meeting location|
Whip-poor-wills are one of those iconic species that feature prominently in song, poetry, and prose. Who can resist the sound of this bird when it calls its name at dusk on dark country roads?
Unfortunately, Whip-poor-will populations in Ontario have declined by more than 50% since the 1980s, and the species is now considered as "threatened". In 2010, Bird Studies Canada (BSC) initiated a project to find out where Whip-poor-wills are still present (and no longer present) in Ontario. The project also looked for clues to the reasons for their disappearance. More recently, BSC launched a study that focuses on the population of Whip-poor-wills breeding at the St. Williams Conservation Reserve in Norfolk County.
Our speaker, Audrey Heagy, is a Conservation Planning Biologist with BSC in Port Rowan where she works on a variety of projects. These include coordinating communications for the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network, coordinating volunteers for the Ontario Breeding Bird Survey, and working on projects concerning Ontario's birds at risk.
Audrey also enjoys getting out into the field and, since 2011, her work has centred on the Eastern Whip-poor-will population in Norfolk County. She also headed up a project to map out the current distribution of the bird across Ontario.
She invites everyone to come to this presentation to learn about the natural history of this fascinating nocturnal bird and the work that is underway to help answer the question of "Where are the Whip-poor-wills in Ontario?"
As usual, members of the general public are invited to join us, as well.
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