Safe Wings Members Receive Awards

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Last month two of our members received awards recognizing the work they do for Safe Wings to rescue birds and spread awareness about bird-window collisions.  Anouk Hoedeman received the Canada 150 Community Builder Award On November 22nd Catherine McKenna, MP … Continued

Opportunity: Ottawa Bird Strategy Coordinator

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Position Title: Ottawa Bird Strategy Coordinator (1-2 days per week, Volunteer position)    Organization Description: Safe Wings Ottawa is an initiative of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club to reduce bird mortality from window collisions through rescue, research and education. Our mission is to … Continued

A loony drama

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Here’s a dramatic tale in which Safe Wings played a supporting role. Cynthia went to help with the rescue but she was too late! Juvenile loon free to fly away again after Ottawa ice rescue Megan Gillis, Ottawa Citizen   … Continued

Linda Burr

This post is part of a series acknowledging our amazing volunteers and providing a behind-the-scenes look at what we do. See more volunteer profiles. Volunteer position: Patroller, driver, outreach How did you first get involved with Safe Wings Ottawa? I am an avid birder … Continued

William & Max

This post is part of a series acknowledging our amazing volunteers and providing a behind-the-scenes look at what we do. See more volunteer profiles. Volunteer position: Patrollers, Drivers, Outreach Assistants and more How did you first get involved with Safe Wings Ottawa? About a … Continued

Heather

This post is part of a series acknowledging our amazing volunteers and providing a behind-the-scenes look at what we do. See more volunteer profiles.  Volunteer position: Patroller, Outreach Assistant and more Safe Wings Ottawa volunteer since: August 2015 How did you first get … Continued

Deadly views

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This new viewing platform is a focal point of the Tay River Trail at 99 Christie Lake Rd., just outside Perth. The recreational facility, a project of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Lanark County Council of Family and Friends, and the Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation, and the Tay … Continued

Species 107: Wilson’s Snipe

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Yesterday, an University of Ottawa student found a Wilson’s Snipe that collided with a window, and he kindly collected it for us. It’s our first of this species, and brings our species list to 107. He initially thought it was … Continued

Espèce no. 103 : Martinet ramoneur

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Most local breeding species we expect to eventually find as window collision victims, and most are already on our list. Others seem so much less likely — because they’re agile fliers, because they’re rare, because it just seems unimaginable that you … Continued

Christopher Dennison

This post is part of a series acknowledging our amazing volunteers and providing a behind-the-scenes look at what we do. See more volunteer profiles.  Volunteer position: Patrolling, Outreach and more Safe Wings Ottawa volunteer since: September 2015 How did you first get involved with Safe Wings … Continued

Trapped! (Species 101)

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How did an adult Peregrine Falcon end up inside the OC Transpo garage on Industrial Ave. on the evening of Saturday, June 25? It probably flew in by accident while chasing prey, but we can’t know for sure. What we do know is … Continued

Cynthia Paquin

This post is part of a series acknowledging our amazing volunteers and providing a behind-the-scenes look at what we do. See more volunteer profiles.  Volunteer position: Patroller, driver, training leader, fundraiser, spokesperson (at info booths, etc.) Safe Wings Ottawa volunteer since: the very beginning! How did … Continued

Red-breasted Nuthatch mystery

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This is one of six Red-breasted Nuthatches found in downtown Ottawa in the past two weeks, five of them within two blocks of each other. Only two were captured alive.  While relatively common during migration, this is not a species we expect to … Continued

Startling Starling save

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On Thursday evening, we received a call from a man named Jean who had a bird stuck in his utility room, and he needed help to get it out. Normally, we would advise closing the doors and windows, turning off all the … Continued

The Waxwings keep coming

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Bohemian Waxwings continue to crash into windows all over Ottawa. This morning, we received a call from the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre about a flock that collided in their courtyard. We retrieved nine dead birds and four live ones. … Continued

Un autre Jaseur sauvé

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J’ai visité l’hôtel de ville aujourd’hui pour discuter avec le personnel comment résoudre le problème de la passerelle de verre pour de bon. Quand je suis arrivé là, un seul Jaseur boréal blessé était visible dans l’un des arbres fruitiers — … Continued

À propos des éoliennes

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Chaque fois que les collisions des oiseaux et Ailes en sûreté Ottawa sont dans les nouvelles, nous recevons des courriels et nous voyons des commentaires en ligne demandant pourquoi nous ne faisons pas plus pour opposer les éoliennes. La perception semble être que les … Continued

Formation pour les nouveaux bénévoles

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Nous organisons deux séances d’information pour les bénévoles la semaine prochaine (le lundi 4 avril et le mardi 5 avril), et une patrouille de formation le matin du mercredi 6 avril. Vous trouverez les détailles ici: http://safewings.ca/events/. Nous recommandons fortement que toute personne intéressée … Continued

Tarins des pins et Sizerins flammés

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Waxwing Week has waned, and now it’s Siskin and Redpoll Time. These two were both rescued yesterday afternoon, the Common Redpoll (on perch) in Orleans and the Pine Siskin (bottom) downtown. A quick-acting passerby named Bev saw the Siskin on … Continued

First patrol of the season

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While children were looking for Easter eggs this morning, I went  to look for birds on my first official morning patrol of the spring migration season. It was a bit icy, but holidays are always quiet downtown, so it seemed like a good day … Continued

Exposition d’oiseaux

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  le mardi 29 mars de 11 h jusqu’à 13 h 30 Hôtel de ville, 110, avenue Laurier ouest Venez voir use présentation révélatrice de presque 1 000 oiseaux tués par les collisions avec des bâtiments à Ottawa en 2015. Téléchargez l’affiche (comprenant … Continued

Nos nouveaux sacs sont arrivés !

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Un gros merci à Margo et Eric de Wild Birds Unlimited pour le don qui nous a permi de commander nos nouveaux sacs et nos cartes d’affaires. Ces sacs en papier sont imprimés aver des instructions bilingues pour encourager les gens à nous aider à sauver des oiseaux blessés … Continued

The Messenger returns to Ottawa

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The Messenger, the excellent Canadian documentary about the decline of songbirds, is back in Ottawa! If you missed it in March, make plans to see it on one of the following dates: MAYFAIR THEATRE1074 Bank St. (at Sunnyside) Monday, April 25, 7 … Continued

The Messenger

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We would like to thank the staff, crew and sponsors of the Wakefield International Film Festival, moderator Giacomo Panico, the panelists, and all who came out to last Saturday’s screening and discussion of The Messenger, Su Rynard’s powerful documentary about the … Continued

Safe Wings meets the Falcon Watch

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By Anouk Hoedeman My bird rescue interests converged nicely last week when a man contacted the OFNC Falcon Watch for help with an injured Peregrine Falcon that he and his son had found and captured near the Madawaska River in Arnprior. Apparently it couldn’t fly, … Continued

Next meeting Jan. 13

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Safe Wings will hold its next strategy meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden Interpretive Centre. Come and find out what we’re up to, share your ideas, and learn how you can help.  We hope to see … Continued

Bienvenue à Safe Wings Ottawa

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Traduction à venir Welcome to the new Safe Wings website! As you may have noticed, Safe Wings Ottawa is not entirely new. We have been operating informally in the National Capital Region for the past two years as FLAP Canada – … Continued