CVN birders and the MARS connection

This report was prepared by Royann Petrell and Kelly Kline.

In 2020, the CVN Birders Group established a partnership with the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) to enhance the bird displays at their visitor centre. Last spring, Art Martell gave two presentations on the topic of the Trumpeter Swans to packed audiences at the visitor centre. Bruce Moffat was to give a photo essay on the story of a baby Loon. This will be rescheduled when the pandemic is over.

Establishing wetland plants

Royann Petrell provides an update in the photos below on a landscaping project at MARS to establish bird-friendly plants [click a photo to enlarge it]. She began planning a year ago and now is having weekly work parties with Karen Cummins and Jan Smith. More volunteers are needed for planting. Royann will provide training and education.

Birding volunteers needed

We would like weekly bird observations at MARS as we will compare species abundance before and after replanting.  Linda, Gord, Kathyrn, and Krista have been doing this, but they will need more birders to have weekly reports. To date, 73 species have been recorded on eBird, and approximately half that on iNaturalist.

If you would like to help with either the planting or bird counting, please contact Royann, or email Kelly at cvnbirds [at] gmail [dot] com and he will put you in touch.

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