Friday, 24 July 2015

Netley-Libau/Bird Count Way Down

Hi readers,
As some of you know I crossed Canada during the spring and early summer on a "Little Big Year" where I had the luck to meet some incredible people. Included on that list is Manitoba birder, environmental activist and altogether good human Charlie McPherson. Not only did he find me a number of lifers he also took me out in his boat and into Netley-Libau Marsh for an afternoon. He was recently interviewed about his stewardship work and his concerns about the effects of Lake Winnipeg on the surrounding marshlands near his home.

Please click on the link below for more information and the Winnipeg Free Press story.

Charlie McPherson scoping Lake Winnipeg.
American White Pelicans fly over what was once hay fields.
Bald Eagles have increased while ducks, grebes and shorebird numbers have plummeted. 
The summer cottages are now gone and the rising water level has submerged hundreds of acres of woodland. The roots become waterlogged and rot. The only birds using this type of shoreline were Spotted Sandpipers.

More from the trip

"It's never too late to start birding"
John Gordon
BC Canada

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