2020 Conservation Impact Report
We hope you are doing well and enjoying the start of June. Here at Pelee Island Bird Observatory we often share our migration reports with supporters, but this year we also wanted to take a moment to put PIBO’s impact on wildlife and conservation front and centre and introduce our crucial monthly supporters campaign.

Our ask for monthly support comes urgently on the tail of an abnormally quiet spring migration season on the Island, the quietest in fifteen years. When we see these shocking drops in numbers, it becomes clear that expansion of our research and education programmes is needed now more than ever, which is why we are asking for your monthly donation, providing urgent knowledge to help struggling wildlife.

Even a small consistent donation, (even the price of one coffee each month!) can help us help these threatened birds, sentinels of a changing world.
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We’re birdwatchers and researchers at our core, but what does that really mean for the wider wild world we care for? We’ve put together this impact report to help demonstrate the importance of the work we do, not just to migrating birds but to the ecosystems we all rely upon for survival. 

In 2020 at PIBO we continued to monitor more than 300 species of migratory bird as we have every year since 2003. In 2020 we monitored 9 species at risk, crucial for protecting endangered or special concern species that visit our region each year. 

In the past 10 years we have banded an average of 2945 birds annually!
In isolation a single bird is a true beauty and a migratory marvel, and should be heralded as a joy unto themselves. When we observe or have the opportunity to safely band a bird, we never are amiss of this fact.

But each bird we interact with becomes a crucial data point, one of millions in a larger story about our natural world, particularly when spotted again in other annual migrations, or by other bird observatories in the CMMN network. But we can’t create these crucial travel maps without your help.
Ultimately these data points comprised of bird migration patterns and locations, vulnerable species data and much more, compiled by the CMMN or Canadian Migration Monitoring Network, can be used to establish significant trends across the entire country, and in cooperation with international research bodies. 

The stories of our environment and the natural world are not a single bird, a single species, or a single warm day in December. Rather monitoring shifting patterns, and observing the complexities of shifting ecosystems is crucial to understand how humans, climate, and other factors might be affecting birds. These data points become the stories that help us advise, advocate, and educate everyone from the general public to policymakers. In 2020 we were approved as a Bird Friendly Cities partner, giving us the opportunity to keep expanding our public education work even further. 
Did you know, while bees are gaining important notoriety and protection for their roles as pollinators and protecting our food systems, many birds such as the oriole play a similar role as pollinators?
Crucial to maintaining our ecosystems, their role as a pollinator means it is imperative to continue monitoring their population health.

We have traditionally relied upon bigger fundraising events to fund our work, and if you’ve ever participated in one we truly cannot thank you enough. While our pivots online have been successful, we want you to know that even when things get hard in the human world, we will be able to safely continue our important research. With this in mind, we are asking today for your monthly support of this work, as even a small but regular monthly donation makes a huge difference.
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Why donate monthly?

Creating regular and predictable support allows for us to be adaptable, and create the consistency and manpower necessary to perform our essential functions. Predictability also helps us grow year on year, not merely sustaining our crucial research but also expanding into new areas to help inform conservation policy.  Whether education or advocacy, these are crucial to ensure PIBO’s mission is met for many generations to come.
Why donate now?

Your support couldn’t come at a better time, as we are entering an exciting time this month. If you donate even a single dollar, PIBO will be entered into the Great Canadian Giving Challenge for a June prize of $20,000! Either way, your support will be a massive win for protecting birds and wildlife, but this opportunity means there is no better time to donate than now and highlights how even a single dollar can change the world. As we finish one of the quietest migration seasons on Pelee Island in more than a decade, we truly need your help to continue to expand our team, increase our research and partnership footprint, and create infrastructure to support visiting researchers.
It is imperative to ensure our work is more than chasing data of our changing world but informing the policies and practices of a community that supports the thriving of wildlife and humans together. With your support we can ensure this reality. Help us tell these crucial stories today. 
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