Summer 2019 news

With summer well underway, we would like to share with you some of the activities PIBO has been doing during the last few months. Spring migration is over, and the staff have had a busy late spring/early summer with the Breeding Bird Point Counts and Marsh Monitoring Survey. Also, our summer employee, Melanie Denomme, has spent several Saturdays talking about birds to locals and tourists at the weekly farmer's markets. She has also hosted several tours at the Pelee Island Winery and Fish Point Nature Reserve; this is the first time in years that we have engaged an employee during the summer season and outside the two migration periods, and it has worked out very well!

Thanks to Bander in Charge and Field Supervisor, Sumiko Onishi and Biologist Sachi Schott, The Pelee Island Heritage Centre has a new PIBO exhibit as part of their collection. If you are on Pelee this summer, be sure to check it out!

Purple Martins have additional accommodations at the PIBO staff house thanks to a donation of a T-14 model by Nature Canada. We now have two martin houses and have had several breeding pairs set up their homes this spring. With so many martins around, PIBO is thinking of doing public nest checks next spring (staff permitting) to explain the fantastic abilities of these ariel insectivores. 

While the Education and Administration staff are in full swing, July is time for some rest and recuperation for PIBO researchers. August 1st marks the beginning of census and the 15th will see the opening of the net lanes. It's almost fall migration already!

We have a new Education Coordinator!

Mary Jo Rusu joined the PIBO team in early May, and a new pilot program (PIBO Nearby Nature Club) is underway for July. 


The Nearby Nature Program brings parents, children and "Nature Luminaries" together for Monday morning nature experience days and Tuesday evenings for nature together events.  It is held at Willistead park and in neighbourhoods around Windsor. The pilot seeks to provide stronger connections to the land, an understanding of biodiversity and habitat and the positive relationships humans can make to benefit themselves, birds and other species. 


Mary-Jo Rusu is a creative educator and writer. Prior to becoming an employee of PIBO, she had partnered with us to develop inspiring education projects connecting international students in China to PIBO's mission to help the birds.  Mary-Jo looks forward to assisting others in building lifelong connections to the wonders of birds and their relationships to our ecosystem, as well as, fostering habitat creation efforts.
On May 8th, The Crow's Theater in Toronto hosted our second annual Wild Bird Ball. It was a very successful fundraising event due to the hard work of Salah Bachir, Kate Daniels and Sandy Bourque. Photo of board members Matthew Gibson and Margaret Atwood. Photo credit to George Pimentel. 
Mystery writer Steve Burrows was the guest author for our annual fundraising dinner in Windsor this spring. Steve, Margaret and guest birder Danny Catt, regaled our guests with stories of birds, real and fictional. It was a wonderful evening at Essex Golf and Country Club, and we are already looking forward to next year's event with the guest author yet to be revealed! Photo of Margaret Atwood, Steve Burrows and two very enthusiastic fans, Peggy and Sharron who came from Ohio for the evening. Photo credit to Peggy Lewis. 
Biologist Sachi Schott and summer employee Melanie Denomme, created this infographic on what to do if you find a baby bird that appears to need help. 
Recently PIBO's Executive Director, Suzanne Friemann, had her front garden certified as habitat by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, proving that even small urban spaces can support a wide diversity of species! 
 A Giant Swallowtail Butterfly comes in for some nectar on an Echinacea flower in Suzanne's garden. 
Newsletter Photos by Sachi Schott, Sumiko Onishi, Mary Jo Rusu, Pelee Quarry and Suzanne Friemann.
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