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Forest Birds in the Backlands
Goatsuckers & Raptors in the Backlands
Birds of East Island Pond & Environs
Healthy birds = healthy Backlands in Spryfield
Winter Birding in the Backlands
Owl Prowl 2023
Saturday Night Fever – Loony Dancing

and separately, GNB 2024
(GNB: Ground-Nesting Birds)

Listening for the elusive nighthawk in the Purcells Cove Backlands
Chris Lambie in the Chronicle Herald Dec 27, 2023. (Subscription required) “The search for the elusive nighthawk in the Purcells Cove Backlands has produced a rare recording of a mating pair with their offspring…”

Bald Eagle in the Backlands 1Jan2023
Post on this website with spectacular photos by Joshua Barss Donham. Wrote birder Joshua on New Years Day: Happy New Year to all! Majesty in the Backlands! Watched this magnificent Bald Eagle dry its wings and preen while perched in a pine overlooking the lower Macintosh Run this afternoon. Spryfield, 1 January 2023. #keepthebacklandswild”

Sparrows Hawks & Doves Project
Report by Martha R Leary, March 2022

Williams Lake Wildlands Birding Project
This document, posted on the Williams Lake Conservation Company website, is a 2012 report by Fulton Lavender of birds in the Williams Lake area. Forty-one species, including loons were confirmed to breed in the area, another 8 are likely; the observations suggest a busy migrating corridor. He notes “It is most noteworthy that the historical existence of the Whipporwill, Chuckwill’s Widow and Nighthawk signifies a unique occurrence. These goatsuckers or Caprimulgidae signify a very special area as there is no other in Eastern Canada.” Read more

Mapping Traditional Bird Knowledge for Urban Bird Conservation in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Yue Guan, 2010. MES Thesis, Dalhousie University “This study aimed at identifying important urban bird habitats as well as their characteristics in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. Fourteen local birders outlined bird habitats on maps, and the information was compiled and presented using GIS. In total, 28% of the study area was indicated as key habitat for urban birds. By comparing the GIS data with existing conserved areas, coastal areas, marine habitat and urban wetlands were found to be under-represented in conserved areas. Following from the research findings, recommendations for improving habitat identification and management are made.”. Includes the Backlands

Helping the Common Loon to stay common 17Nov2022
Post Nov 17, 2022