Spring has arrived!

Junco by Sumiko Onishi 2016

For those of us in Southwestern Ontario, this winter was not typical- torrential rains, 70 degree °F days in February, thunderstorms in January, and a few isolated snowstorms made it seem like Mother Nature was not sure what season we were in! However, now that the birds are returning and nest building has begun, we are confident Spring is finally here!
All of us at PIBO have been busy preparing for the new migration season.  Sachiko Schott returns as our Field Biologist and will be working alongside our Field Supervisor/Bander in Charge, Sumiko Onishi. We are presently recruiting for a Science Officer position, so we hope to let you know who our new team member will be soon! Sarah has big plans for our education program this year, and Suzanne is working away at all the events planned for this year.
Sumiko has joined the Great Canadian Birdathon! Click here to support her this year.
G. Gibson, The Younger

Founding Patrons:
Margaret Atwood
Mysterious Starling Inc.

Chandisherry Foundation
Graeme Gibson, Elder
Rosamond Ivey
Suzanne Ivey Cook

Major Supporters:
Balzacs Coffee Ltd.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
Bedside Press
Bird Studies Canada
Carol Elizabeth Denny
Chandisherry Foundation
David Jiles
Dine Magazine
Eco Foundation
Essex Region Conservation Authority
Friends of the Museum
George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
Lambton Wildlife Inc.
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Ontario Parks
Rosemary Speirs
St. Clair College
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
The Donner Canadian Foundation
The Echo Foundation
The Fleck Family Foundation
The Henry White Kinnear Foundation
The McLean Foundation
The Pelee Island Community
The Schad Foundation
The University of Windsor

We would also like to thank the many individuals who generously donated this year. Whether it was for our banding station rebuild, the new floor at our research cottage, our education program or to maintain the high quality of our research, we couldn’t do this without you.

Northern Cardinal by Sumiko Onishi 2016

Christmas Bird Count 2016

Species Total

Canada Goose 844
Trumpeter Swan 1
Tundra Swan 144
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 24
Greater Scaup 5
Lesser Scaup 22
White-winged Scoter 2
Bufflehead 408
Common Goldeneye 447
Red-breasted Merganser 19
Common Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 1
Ring-necked Pheasant 30
Wild Turkey 158
Bald Eagle 10
Northern Harrier 13
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 9
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Sandhill Crane 83
Killdeer 2
Ring-billed Gull 9
Herring Gull 14
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Mourning Dove 24
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 28
Downy Woodpecker 43
Northern Flicker 10

Blue Jay 24
American Crow 49
Horned Lark 59
Black-capped Chickadee 50
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 14
Brown Creeper 12
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 16
Golden-crowned Kinglet 13
Hermit Thrush 6
American Robin 27
European Starling 814
American Pipit 40
Lapland Longspur 1
Snow Bunting 98
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Eastern Towhee 2
American Tree Sparrow 142
Song Sparrow 9
White-throated Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco 118
Northern Cardinal 103
Red-winged Blackbird 44
Common Grackle 30
Brown-headed Cowbird 192
House Finch 14
American Goldfinch 35
House Sparrow 97

(waterfowl spp.) 300
(scaup spp.) 1500
(gull spp.) 26
(raptor spp.) 3

Individuals 6231
Species 61

Our new migration monitoring station is ready for the new season.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for such a great job!

We are very pleased that Sarah Keating has returned as our Education Coordinator this year. If you are a teacher/educator in the Windsor/Essex area and are interested in our free program please contact her at : education@pibo.ca


This year marks our 6th year for our annual community picnic. It is also the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty. Join us on Pelee on May 14th for great company and food!

Click here for the Eventbrite link to our annual picnic
With a generous donation from the Naturalized Habitat Network, we are more than half way towards our fundraising goal for a new water treatment system for our researchers. For more information and how you can help us have clean safe drinking water on Pelee, visit:https://igg.me/at/cleanwaterforPIBO/x/14628063
Sachi Schott biologist, will be with us from April to December this year. We are very happy to have her back on the PIBO team!
Click here to see our 2016 Annual Report
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