In honour of the upcoming International Migratory Bird Day (May 12), the City invites residents to learn more about the wonders of spring bird migration, the challenges birds face along the way, and what we can do to help them on their journey. This event includes displays by local environmental organizations and a presentation by Ted Cheskey of Nature Canada. Over 180 species of birds breed in the Ottawa area, and many more pass through our city during spring and fall migration. Let’s get ready to celebrate their return!
About our guest speaker
Ted Cheskey leads Nature Canada’s domestic and international bird conservation initiatives. He authored Conserving the Birds of Ontario, 1996, and between 1998 and 2002, wrote or co-wrote 20 Community Conservation Plans for Important Bird Areas in Ontario. He was also a contributing author and steering committee member of Canada’s landmark State of the Birds: 2012 Report and the State of North America’s Birds: 2016.
Ted has a long history of fieldwork and research, both as a citizen scientist and conservation professional where he has studied the impact of urbanization on forest birds for the City of Waterloo, Ontario for 20 years. He co-founded and is current President of the Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory and is a Master Bird Bander. Ted is also an avid outdoors enthusiast and naturalist, enjoying birding, running, cycling, canoeing, mushrooming, and cross-country skiing with his wife, family and friends.
For more information, contact:
Amy MacPherson, Planner
City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
613-580-2424, ext. 14873