Who we are and why we are doing this survey

Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory is an independent, non-profit organization devoted to conservation, education and research related to birds and the environment. Our primary program is to operate the migration monitoring program (part of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network) at Cabot Head Provincial Nature Reserve.  As the voice for the birds on the Bruce, we undertake a variety of outreach and research/citizen science initiatives.

The purpose of this survey is to determine actual and historic (last 10 years) distribution, and abundance of breeding Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin and Chimney Swift populations.  All of these species use human structures (barns, the eaves and walls of houses, nest boxes, or chimneys) for building their nests, some or most of the time. 

There has been a noted decline of swallows and swifts in other parts of Ontario in the last couple decades. We, at BPBO, would like to get a better understanding of local and regional trends, most notably on the northern Bruce Peninsula. The information you will provide as part of this survey is important for determining if future stewardship efforts are required in this ecologically unique region of Ontario.

This questionnaire should take between 15 and 30 minutes for you to do.  If there are questions that are not relevant or too difficult to answer, you may skip them.  Thank you in advance for sharing your valuable knowledge with us.