Winter is for the Birds - December 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Environmental Expo and Birds of Ottawa Slide Show from 6 to 9 p.m.
Formal Presentation by Bruce di Labio at 7 p.m.
Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive

Chickadee on a branch

This event focused on Ottawa's birds, and how they survive (and even thrive!) in the winter. This was the final event to be held in 2014.

Renowned local birder, Bruce di Labio, spoke about how Ottawa's birds spend their winters in and around Ottawa. Bruce has led bird watching groups locally and internationally for many years. He also writes about birds in various publications, including the weekly World of Birds column in the Ottawa Citizen.

A nature slide show as well as an environmental exposition was offered for residents to learn more about Ottawa's wildlife, natural environment and local environmental initiatives. The evening was a great success with over 200 people in attendance!

Results of Photo Contest 

The City held a photography contest in conjunction with the Wildlife Speaker Series event, Winter is for the Birds.

Residents were invited to submit photographs of wild birds taken in Ottawa or elsewhere in the National Capital Region. All 227 photographs received were displayed in a public slideshow before and after the Wildlife Speaker Series presentation on December 9. The five best photos, as selected by a panel of judges, were professionally printed, mounted and presented to the winners as well as displayed for a limited time at City Hall. They are also being displayed here on ottawa.ca, with the permission of the photographers, for everyone to enjoy!

FIRST PLACE

Little green heron stalking prey at Mud Lake

"Little Green Heron Stalking Prey"
Taken by Al Robinson at Mud Lake, Ottawa 

SECOND PLACE

Great grey owl in a tree

"The Watcher"
Taken by Daniel Parent at Green's Creek, Ottawa 

THIRD PLACE

Pied-billed grebe swimming with two chicks on its back

"Grebe with Chicks"
Taken by Jim Cumming at Aquaview Pond, Orleans 

HONOURABLE MENTION

Crows flying in a snowstorm

"Crows in Snowstorm"
Taken by Sandy Sharkey at Leitrim Road, Ottawa 

HONOURABLE MENTION

Great blue heron flying over cattails

"Great Blue Heron"
Taken by David White at Petrie Island, Ottawa 

For more information:

Amy MacPherson
Planning and Growth Management
613-580-2424, ext. 14873
E-mail: amy.macpherson@ottawa.ca