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June Update

Dear friends of PIBO,

Thank you to all of you that bought tickets to our second online gala or who raised their paddle for our online auction last month. It was thanks to a team of hardworking volunteer board members and our technical consultant that it was such a great success! 

Now that spring migration has passed we are on to midsummer activities -  marsh monitoring, Purple Martin nestbox monitoring and the breeding bird survey on Pelee Island. The spring migrants were down in numbers this year as compared to previous years, but PIBO still managed to band 354 birds. More details on the Purple Martins and the Prothonotary warbler monitoring are coming up in our next newsletter, so stay tuned!

For our Bird Friendly Windsor project, summer means more outreach and education. Although COVID restrictions have meant that all of our educational activities have been online so far, there is hope we will be able to host some in-person tours for small groups later this summer. Our Urban Bird Educator and our summer student are busy creating resources on window collisions, where to go in Windsor and Essex County for the best birding hotspots, hosting online presentations and more! To find out all the things PIBO is working on for the Bird Friendly Windsor project, follow us on our dedicated Facebook page @birdteamwindsor 

On behalf of the birds, thank you! 

Suzanne Friemann
Executive Director
Pelee Island Bird Observatory 


Father's Day is just around the corner and did you know that PIBO has some cool bird-themed Father's Day e-cards available? Check them out on our Canada Helps Tribute page. And for every $3 donated to PIBO through Canada Helps during the month of June, we are entered into a draw for $20,000 as part of The Great Canadian Giving Challenge! 
See more Father's Day e cards here
There are some new faces at PIBO and we'd like to introduce you. From the top left is Alessandra Wilcox, assistant bander for the spring season. Alessandra has been helping out Sumiko, our Field Supervisor, with all the bird banding, the marsh monitoring, Purple Martin nest box monitoring and the breeding bird atlas this spring and early summer. She is originally from the Guelph area. The top right is Jennifer Nantais, Urban Bird Educator for 2021. Jennifer is working towards making Windsor a certified bird friendly city and was hired as part of our Resilient Communities Trillium grant. Jennifer is from Windsor and is a familiar face in the local conservation community. The bottom left is Allison Burtneshaw de-Vries, our fundraiser for 2021. Allison was also hired as part of our Trillium grant and is working on diversifying our revenue stream and bringing awareness to those unfamiliar with all the great things PIBO does. Allison is a world traveller but is currently living in Niagara on the Lake. The bottom right is Keira McManus, our Education Assistant for the summer. Keira is also working on the Bird Friendly Windsor project, specifically on light pollution and window collisions and was hired through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Keira is also from Windsor. Not pictured is Rob Tymstra who conducted the census on Pelee every day from April 1- May 31 and Adien Abram, Technical Director for the Salal Foundation, who is busy making our technical capacity more streamlined, up to date, and engaging for our supporters and members. 
Charlotte Horton generously donated a stay at her stunning castle in Italy for our online auction last month and now she is having an online auction of her own. We are happy to promote it!
The Potentino Tuscan Castle Auction consists of a series of delicious Potentino products – wine, olive oil, gin and vermouth, robust handmade sheep’s wool hats and textiles, objects and vintage clothes from the castle and its cupboards to holidays at the castle and participation in some of the illuminating courses and events we hold at the castle.
This auction is really about getting people to shop ethically and altruistically, backing more eco-sustainable enterprises rather than giving even more money to multi-billion-dollar companies which have dubious ecology and/or human rights records. Cross-pollination from one like-minded endeavour to another is mutually beneficial.
Why? To raise money for the magic valley, raise awareness about its precious biodiversity and gently nudge people into a different way of spending – nudge them towards ethical shopping.
The auction ends on June 20th so be sure to check out all the wonderful items today!
Click HERE for the auction link 
Click Here to visit the Potentino website 
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