OFO News - June Issue

Jean Iron jeaniron at sympatico.ca
Sun Jun 29 15:20:09 EDT 2003


Dear OFO Members,

The 16 page June issue of OFO News will be mailed this week. Here are the 
highlights in page order.

Distinguished Ornithologist - Bob Curry: The Board of Directors is pleased 
to announce that Bob Curry will be the 2003 and sixth recipient of OFO's 
Distinguished Ornithologist Award. The award will be presented to Bob at 
OFO's Annual Convention & Banquet on 20 September at Point Pelee.

Portrait of an Artist - Betsy Potter: Willie D'Anna tells of his life 
partner's career in art and their shared interest in birds. Betsy 
contributed four bird paintings to this issue.

What is the Saw-whetter? George Fairfield describes his first encounter in 
1949 with a singing Northern Saw-whet Owl in northern Ontario. George 
discusses the origin of the Saw-whet's name from its call. Illustration by 
Brenda Carter.

OBRC Notes: Peter Burke, retiring OBRC Chair, discusses electronic rare 
bird submissions. The committee decided that it is still too early to count 
sightings of Trumpeter Swan on your list in Ontario.

In Search of Short-eared Owls: Marcel Gahbauer outlines the decline of the 
Short-eared Owl and how birders can contribute to a study of this species. 
Illustration by Brenda Carter.

Book Review: Birders - Tales of a Tribe: Bill Crins says that "all of us 
will be able to recognize familiar characters, including ourselves, and 
situations in our own birding experiences" in this fascinating book about 
birders.

Nature-friendly Golf at Whitevale: Geoff Carpentier tells how some golf 
courses are being excellent land stewards by enhancing wildlife habitat and 
practicing water conservation. Three photos by Brian Sambleson.

Favourite Birding Hotspots: Lake Erie Shore: Willie D'Anna has written the 
first birding site guide to the fabulous birding from Rock Point to Fort 
Erie. It includes three shorebird illustrations by Betsy Potter and a 
detailed map by Andrew Jano showing the locations described in the text. 
You'll want to take this guide into the field with you this summer and fall.

Some Forest Bird Changes: Ron Pittaway describes some forest changes he 
sees coming in Haliburton County and Toronto's ravines, which will affect 
future bird diversity.

The Value of Point Counts to the Atlas: Mike Cadman, with the use of range 
maps, shows how point counts will give important added value to the atlas 
by indicating the relative abundance for many breeding species.

Rails Retrieve Eggs: Ron Pittaway discusses Clapper Rails, which carry lost 
eggs back to their nests. He wonders if other rails retrieve eggs.

Tree Top Bittern: Jean Iron tells about an American Bittern, which she 
found perched near the top of a tall maple tree in Toronto. Photo by Jean Iron.

Tiny Marsh Trip Report: Ron Fleming tells about the birds seen on OFO's 
first field trip in late April to Tiny Marsh, one of the best birding spots 
in Simcoe County.

Future OFO Field Trips: A list of locations, dates, leaders, and birds 
expected to be seen on guided field trips this summer and fall.

Carden Alvar - Cameron Ranch Saved: Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway thank the 
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Couchiching Conservancy, Toronto 
Ornithological Club, OFO, Ontario Parks, and contributors who made possible 
the purchase of the 2869 acre Cameron Ranch, which will protect the nucleus 
of the Carden Alvar.

We thank the authors, illustrators and photographers, and we hope that you 
will find much of interest in this issue.

Jean Iron and Ron Pittaway
Editors, OFO News

Jean Iron
President, Ontario Field Ornithologists
9 Lichen place
Toronto ON  M3A 1X3
416-445-9297
jeaniron at sympatico.ca
ofo at ofo.ca

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