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12/01/2015

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New Raptor Research Program at TTPBRS

The James L. Baillie Memorial Fund for Bird Research and Preservation honours a great Canadian naturalist, conservationist and educator. James Baillie truly was an ornithological icon. Coordinated by Bird Studies Canada, this fund supports research, monitoring, education and conservation projects. It is thanks to a generous grant from the Baillie Fund that TTPBRS's Raptor Research Project was able to take flight!



With great pleasure, we are happy to declare this pilot year for the Raptor Research Project a phenomenal success! We met our expectation for the Observation Station, and the Banding Station exceeded the numbers we had predicted. The project not only furthered raptor data at Tommy Thompson Park, but auxiliary benefits were also evident. Two of the banding station's volunteers were able to expanded their banding skills, and are now are capable of running the Raptor stations solo. The identification skills of our main counters were also fine tuned, with five others readily identifying species by themselves. Sharing information, learning new skills and creating excitement for birds embodies the spirit of the Baillie Fund. It has genuinely enriched the TTPBRS in many ways.

With continued interest and eager volunteers, a successful second year of the Raptor Research Project is a guarantee!

The team at Tommy Thompson Park sincerely thanks Bird Studies Canada for their continued support!