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Filming for Long Point Bird Observatory

Bird conservation in Canada

Filming for Long Point Bird Observatory

One of my favourite places to film is at Long Point Bird Observatory’s Old Cut Research Station. It’s also a favourite place to just put my filming equipment down and see and listen. The birds and calls fill the air. The staff are always so welcoming and their passion for birds is so evident. When you see their smiles and energy as they greet visitors, you can instantly see their enthusiasm for birds be contagious with visitors and campers from the nearby provincial park.

My latest filming project for LPBO is about the Doug Tarry Young Ornithologists’ Workshop. I’m filming and producing a new two-minute film that captures the heart of the program, its impact, and why it’s making such a big difference in the future of bird conservation across Canada.

Every year LPBO invites promising young ornithologists from across Canada to experience nature and ornithology firsthand in a research-oriented setting. “YOWs” enjoy a wide range of hands-on natural history and scientific activities with a focus on bird banding and migration monitoring at Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO) in southern Ontario. Space is limited to six participants per workshop, ranging in age from 13-17 years of age. The 2022 workshops were held in August.

LPBO has been conducting youth training workshops since 1975 and established the Doug Tarry Natural History Fund and Young Ornithologists’ Workshop & Internships in 1991 thanks to the generosity and foresight of the humanitarian and naturalist, Doug Tarry. The workshops have since nurtured the interests and skills more than 200 of Canada’s best and brightest scientists, field biologists, and naturalists.The cost of the workshop is $500/person, which is heavily subsidized by funding provided by Long Point Bird Observatory and the Doug Tarry Natural History Fund. The fee covers all direct costs of the workshop (accommodation, meals, workshop travel, equipment and materials, special activities while at Long Point, and professional staff with a 2:1 Participant to Instructor ratio at all times). Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Long Point, but pickups at the nearest airport/train stations can be arranged.

Prospective participants should complete the application form, and send via email to lpbo @ birdscanada.org. Applications are due each year by May 30.

Gregg McLachlan
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