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(Members Only) Virtual Meeting – Appreciating Nearby Nature: Patch Birding’s Many Benefits

Friday, March 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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“Birding as a hobby has become rapidly more accessible and popular over the last few decades. Once a “fringe” pursuit, more people than ever have taken advantage of emerging technology (e.g. social media, eBird, ID apps) to learn about birds, find new species, and be alerted about rarities far and wide. The upshot is a birding landscape where it’s easier than ever to build up a large list and get competitive. However, something has also been lost in birding: the idea of it as a “patch-based” pastime. Historically, top Ontario birders honed their skills by birding locations near home regularly and getting a good ecological sense of their area. The data they collected formed the base of our collective ornithological knowledge. More recently, as birding has evolved into a “list-based”, rather than a “place-based” pursuit; have we lost a part of the nature connection that made so many of us birders in the first place? Due to COVID; we have a golden opportunity to return to some of the “old ways” of birding; and lots of current projects (e.g. 5MR, the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas etc.) can help us regain ecological connections through patch birding!”

Emily Rondel is the President of the Toronto Ornithological Club, a Regional Coordinator for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas, and is a lapsed bird researcher. Her ornithological field work (mainly for Birds Canada) has taken her throughout Ontario, from the shores of Lake Erie to James Bay, and allowed her to get to know our province through a “birds-eye” lens! She frequently teaches about bird ecology and identification near her home-base of Toronto.


Friday, March 26
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Virtual Meeting
Attendance: 75 / 100

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