Volunteers Needed to Monitor Chimney Swifts in London

    PORT ROWAN, ON, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - Bird Studies Canada is seeking volunteers
to observe and report on Chimney Swifts in London, Ontario.
    Thanks to an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, and an exciting new
partnership with the McIlwraith Naturalist Club, Bird Studies Canada has
launched a program to monitor the numbers, behaviour, and movements of
London's seasonal swift population.
    Each volunteer will be assigned an occupied chimney in the city of
London. Participants will be asked to survey their site one evening per week
for about one hour, from mid-August to early October. Their observations will
directly contribute to Chimney Swift conservation efforts.
    In Ontario, the Chimney Swift population has decreased by over 50% in the
last 20 years. More information is needed to identify the reasons for their
rapid and alarming population decline, which may include decreases in suitable
roosting and nesting habitat, a decline of insect availability, and an
increase in unpredictable weather. With abundant nesting and roosting
structures throughout the city, London is a stronghold for this threatened
migratory species.

    The Ontario Trillium Foundation (www.trilliumfoundation.org) is an agency
of the Government of Ontario. For over 25 years, the Foundation has supported
the growth and vitality of communities across the province. It continues to
strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector through investments in
community-based initiatives.

    Bird Studies Canada (www.birdscanada.org) administers national, regional,
and international research and monitoring programs that advance the
understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds and their
habitats. BSC is Canada's national body for bird conservation, and is a
non-governmental charitable organization.

For further information:

For further information: Elisabeth van Stam, Species at Risk Biologist,
Bird Studies Canada, (519) 586-3531 ext. 173 or 1-888-448-2473,

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