2015 PIBO Fundraiser: An Evening with Lawrence Hill

  We are excited to announce that once again, Margaret Atwood will host the PIBO Windsor fundraiser, bringing as her guest Lawrence Hill. Lawrence Hill is the author of nine books, including The Book of Negroes, an international bestseller and winner of various awards including The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the English and French Canadian versions …

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PIBO Migration Summary (June 2 – 10, 2014)

While banding operations at Fish Point ended on June 1st, the daily census continued until June 10th. For the most part the birds observed were local nesters, who could be encountered with predictable regularity during the walk along Fish Point. Red-Eyed Vireos, Northern Cardinals, Indigo Buntings and Yellow Warblers were all heard and seen on …

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Maddaddamite’s Noo Broo at the Session Craft Beer Festival

Beau’s All Natural has collaborated with Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson to create a new ale, Maddaddamites Noo Broo. Proceeds from sales will fund PIBO’s ongoing research. The new gruit ale will be released at the Session Toronto Craft Beer Festival taking place on June 13th and 14th and is entered in the Collaboration Nation …

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Third Annual PIBO Windsor Fundraiser, with Wayne Grady

PIBO’s third annual Windsor Fundraiser Dinner, “Margaret Atwood and the Pelee Island Bird Observatory Present: An Evening with Wayne Grady”, was held on May 7, 2014, at Beach Grove Golf and Country Club. It was a fantastic evening, with great food and wine, and of course great company. It was particularly nice to catch up …

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PIBO Migration Summary (May 16 – June 1, 2014)

May 16th was PIBO’s busiest day this season, with 95 birds banded of 20 species. The banding totals showed a definite influx of Chestnut-Sided Warblers (18 banded) and Northern Parulas (7 banded, which is equal to PIBO’s previous highest total of Northern Parulas banded in an entire year). Since then, though, the number of birds …

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PIBO Migration Summary (May 1-15, 2014)

Although copious amounts of rain interfered with banding operations over the past fifteen days (anyone thinking of visiting the banding station should be warned, rain boots are absolutely essential!), it has been a busy migration period. Things began to pick up on May 5th after the previous night’s thunderstorms pushed through a large group of …

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PIBO Migration Summary (April 16-30, 2014)

Low temperatures and persistent north winds made for a slow start to the bird banding season at PIBO. Mist nest were set up on the 16th and banding began the next day with 9 birds captured of 6 species, including White-Throated Sparrows, American Robins and Northern Cardinals. The most common birds captured have been Red-Winged …

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PIBO Migration Summary (April 1-15, 2014)

PIBO’s 12th spring migration monitoring campaign got underway on April 1st under partially cloudy skies and with light winds from the south. Although it was a mild eleven degrees, evidence of the winter weather was all around, with the lake mostly frozen and with large snow banks still covering the east and west shores. Despite …

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2014 PIBO Windsor Fundraiser: An Evening with Wayne Grady

For the third year in a row, Margaret Atwood returns for the PIBO Windsor fundraiser. This year she brings as her guest Windsor-born author Wayne Grady, whose novel Emancipation Day was longlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.  The novel, much of it set in Windsor, deals with the marriage, during the Second World War, …

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Pelee and Bass Islands Christmas Bird Count 2013

The first Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was proposed in 1900, by noted ornithologist Frank M. Chapman as a way to take a census of birds without hunting them. Since that first year, the CBC has become an annual tradition for birders across the Americas, of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. This year’s Pelee …

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