Young Macs leader heads to Minnesota

I was one of two Ontarians who travelled to the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus in August to learn how to use Monarch butterflies as a teaching tool. Karen Oberhauser is the professor behind the program “Monarchs in the Classroom,” a fabulous curriculum resource for teachers in the United Continue reading

Helping kids know Nature

In August I was invited to visit a local daycare to teach children about the creatures that live in our waters. While the twenty four children were adept with identifying larger organisms, like frogs and salamanders, I wanted them to look at tinier organisms. They split Continue reading

Mike Runtz afield

Long story short: found this bird at one of my survey sites near Goderich. I have never found a Dickcissel in Ontario during my 51 years of birding in the province so it was quite exciting (YAHOO as Roger would say).  

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Macnamara Duo Racks Up 94 Species

The very first of what I hope will be an annual event for us, the Baillie Birdathon for Fergus and I happened Saturday, May 29, starting at 10 a.m. We decided against getting up very early on the first morning of this 24-hour event, setting aside morning birding for the following day. We left with drinks and snacks for the road, a record book, pens, and a field guide just in case.

We started from home in Constance Bay, where we got many common species, a lot of them right in our yard at our feeders – the first record being a Chipping Sparrow. As we drove away from the bay through farm fields, we saw a Bobolink, a "species of concern" according to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.

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