[Ontbirds] Today's Call Notes - OFO's Birding at Home Challenge

Lynne Freeman lynnef.to at gmail.com
Sat Apr 25 14:27:19 EDT 2020

April 25, 2020

OFO is excited to announce OFO's Birding at Home Challenge!
April 26th – May 31st

This initiative will give you the opportunity to bird while doing your part
by staying home during these extraordinary times. This challenge is open to
all – non-OFO members included, so please pass it on.

To participate, just register on the OFO website, register your yard on
eBird Canada, then record the birds in your backyard (or out your balcony
or window!). Participants have a chance to win great weekly prizes and
grand prizes including binoculars from Vortex Canada and an annual pass to
Point Pelee National Park!

For details on prizes and to register go to ofo.ca/birdingathome.

#birdingathome, #ofobirdingathome

COVID-19 Pandemic Response - Changes to Ontbirds Posting Policy

This has been a challenging time for us all. Last week, we announced
changes to the Ontbirds Posting Policy. We received passionate responses
both for and against the changes. We appreciate hearing what you think as
we try to navigate these unprecedented events.

Here is the announcement in full:

In the ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario, the OFO Board
has mandated the following changes to the Ontbirds posting policy,
effective immediately. These changes are in support of local, provincial,
and federal policies related to COVID-19.

In addition to the existing suppression of rare bird reports, Ontbirds will
no longer distribute reports of any bird sightings, including first-of-year
reports and regional reports. This policy has been adopted to discourage
travel for birding. At the same time, OFO recognizes that it is extremely
important to continue to report sightings in eBird, provided that you are
following all local, provincial and federal guidelines while birding.

Ontbirds will continue to publish communications from OFO. Other birding
organizations are encouraged to use Ontbirds to communicate with Ontario’s
birding community. For the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, however, the
Ontbirds Moderator and OFO Board will review communications prior to

Thanks for your understanding during this time.

Conservation Awareness – Update Regarding the Proposed Cormorant Hunt
Reuven Martin, OFO’s Director of Conservation Awareness

No decision on the cormorant hunt yet: the 2020 Ontario hunting regulations
have been published, and the proposed Double-crested Cormorant season is
listed only as “pending”. Hunting of this species is still not permitted
for the time being, but any updates will be published at

April Ontario Birds will be Mailed Next Week

As announced by Chris Risley in Ontbirds, the April issue of Ontario Birds
will be mailed to OFO members next week. It looks like this will be another
great issue – jam-packed with original research and observations by
Ontario’s birders.

Reminder: Princeton University Press Discount for OFO Members

If you haven’t had a chance already, please check out the books published
by Princeton University Press at
https://press.princeton.edu/books?subjects[]=22671 and enter the discount
code BIRD30.

We want to hear from you!

Your feedback is important -- please write to me at lynnef.to at gmail.com or
anyone else on the board to share your thoughts.

Good Birding,

Lynne Freeman
OFO President

Lynne Freeman
lynnef.to at gmail.com

"Be bold, be brave, be amazing...." Simon de Pury, Work of Art

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