The Pelee Island Bird Observatory is a non-profit charitable organisation devoted to the study and conservation of birds. The observatory conducts intensive migration-monitoring research and breeding bird studies on Pelee Island from April to November. PIBO’s field station at Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve is open to the public in the spring and autumn, with educational programs provided to visiting school groups throughout the month of May.
PIBO’s purpose is to collect and disseminate data that will help the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network that is working to understand changes taking place in the populations of migratory birds. While this is our work and our responsibility, we recognize that birds exist in a wide range of cultural and imaginative contexts, as well as in specifically scientific ones. To that end, we are introducing a number of satellite areas, with the hope this site will be of interest both to serious birders and to general enthusiasts alike.
PIBO is a non-profit organization supported by grants, donations, and partnerships. PIBO’s small organisational structure and our low overhead expenses allow for almost eighty percent of the funds raised by the observatory to go directly to cover the operational costs of the field research, which includes our educational programs. In this respect, PIBO supporters can be confident that their dollars are being well spent. Donors will receive a tax receipt for their contributions.
The PIBO Team
Suzanne Friemann – Executive Director
Sumiko Onishi – Field Supervisor/Bander in Charge
Mary-Jo Rusu – Education Coordinator
Sachi Schott – Assistant Field Biologist
Founder: Graeme Gibson the Younger
The PIBO Board
Matthew Gibson (Co-Chair)
John Gruetzner (Co-Chair)
Margaret Atwood (Honorary Chair)
Advisors to the Board