Submitted: David Hancock
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:
31 January 2008: The new BC atlas web site is launched! We encourage you to http://www.birdatlas.bc.ca/bcdata/register.jsp sign up as soon as possible.
20 November 2007: 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 November 20, 2007
What is an Atlas:
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,
http://www.birdatlas.bc.ca/english/aboutatlas.jsp 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.
After you http://www.birdatlas.bc.ca/bcdata/register.jsp register here, to the Atlas, you will receive the
http://www.birdatlas.bc.ca/english/material.jsp instructions and forms necessary. You should also get in touch with the regional coordinator in the areas in which you are interested.
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 encouraged to report observations outside of your square, anywhere else in B.C
Ryan Durand, B.Sc., R.P.Bio.
Biologist | Principal
PO Box 41 Nelson, BC V1L 5P7
Hancock Wildlife Foundation