A Thank-You from Alex MacDonald of Nature Canada

FOSH members were delighted to have the support and presence of Alex MacDonald from Nature Canada during our recent events celebrating the return of the Bufflehead Duck and launching Naturehood.  When Alex returned to Ottawa, he sent a “shout out” to FOSH and the ever-punctual Bufflehead.  From Alex:

This past Thursday, our friends in Sidney BC celebrated their annual All Buffleheads Day so it is timely to feature the Bufflehead in this week’s Tweet of the Week!

The All Buffleheads Day is held annually on October 15th  and these birds are very punctual in attending it. They arrive in the waters just off the Vancouver Island almost precisely on this day every year as part of their winter migration. Find out why this occurs in this week’s segment!

Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to “Bird Tweet of the Week” on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website.

This episode aired on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.

– See more at: http://naturecanada.ca/news/blog/bird-tweet-of-the-week-bufflehead/#sthash.wpP0vSCb.dpuf

All Buffleheads Day and Naturehood Launch In The News

The 4 events celebrating the Buffleheads’ timely arrival and the launch of Sidney’s  Naturehood made the news locally and in our country’s capital.  

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Punctual duck returns to the Saanich Peninsula

B.C. Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon addresses students at Parkland Secondary in North Saanich Oct. 16. She spoke of the positive effect stewardship of nature can have on an entire community. - Steven Heywood

B.C. Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon addresses students at Parkland Secondary in North Saanich Oct. 16. She spoke of the positive effect stewardship of nature can have on an entire community.

— Image Credit: Steven Heywood

A lone female Bufflehead duck was spotted by an avid bird watcher on Oct. 15 — the very day when the little sea duck is expected.

Every 298 days, says Bufflehead guru Kerry Finley, the duck makes its return to Vancouver Island for their winter stay. It’s a record of punctuality that Finley has been studying for years from his home on Roberts Bay in Sidney. Its record of being on time (even within a day or two) surpasses that of the more famous Swallows of Capistrano, Italy, Finley said. He added that the return of the Bufflehead is even more consistent than the result of groundhog day.

“We’re privileged to have this bird here,” he said Oct. 15 at Roberts Bay, marking All Buffleheads Day on the Peninsula.

All Buffleheads Day is designed by the Friends of SHOAL Harbour (FOSH) to help raise awareness about the sanctuary and the impact human growth has on bird and marine life.

Part of this year’s event saw the arrival of B.C’s Lieutenant-Governor, Judith Guichon, who presided over a ceremony at Parkland Secondary School on Oct. 16.

Bob Peart (FOSH) and Alex MacDonald (Nature Canada) with  the Lieutenant-Governor, Judith Guichon

Bob Peart (FOSH) and Alex MacDonald (Nature Canada) with the Lieutenant-Governor, Judith Guichon

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All Buffleheads Day and Naturehood Events Update from “the field”

A quick update with more to follow–including photographs!

All Buffleheads Day started with the exciting report that the ever-punctual Bufflehead(s) had returned.  Kerry Finley, keeping a close eye on the bay, reported;  “she’s back, a light-breasted female ( i.e. an elder) is keeping company with the Hooded Merganser in the northwest corner of Roberts Bay!   (I) Didn’t notice her at 07:18 scan but found her at 07:28. Haitska, kahooteenik.”

This sighting set the tone for a celebratory group at the Ardwell Kiosk as reported by Christine.  “It was a very happy, relaxed group who assembled at the kiosk on Ardwell.  Thank you all for a most pleasant time. Well done Kerry for your introduction.
We hope the rest of the plans for this week go well.”
Later in the day (after the lunch-time forum), Bob Peart added; “It was a great day, the female bufflehead returned.  And we had a chance to mix with Alex from Nature Canada, Ken from CWS and Jacques from Victoria — which led to good, well-informed conversations.”

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