James Bay Shorebird Project 2016 - page 2 of 7


Longridge Crew - 30 July to 13 August 2016

Longridge Crew: Jean Iron (ON), Dan Froehlich (Washington State), Felicia Sanders (South Carolina), Kathryn Hoo (ON), Barb Charlton (ON), Allie Anderson (Crew leader, Trent University, Peterborough) and Amie MacDonald (ON). We thank the Moose Cree First Nation owners for allowing us to use their comfortable camp. I sincerely thank my camp mates for their companionship, good humour and excellent spotting of birds and other wildlife. Their hard work and long hours in the field are proof of their dedication to James Bay and shorebird conservation.


Banding Crew: Allie, Kathryn, Felicia, Dan and Amie. See more on page 4.


Shorebird Survey Crew

Barb Charlton and I did daily surveys of shorebird species where we walked transects along the shore, counting and noting habitat usage of shorebirds. We also aged the shorebirds. Special thanks to Barb for being an excellent observer to survey with each day.


Felicia and Allie joined Barb and me on several occasions.


Jean Iron


Aerial Survey Crew

Veteran aerial surveyors Ken Ross and Guy Morrison of the Canadian Wildlife Service. We congratulate Guy Morrison for being appointed to The Order of Canada on 1 July 2016 for his "Arctic shorebird conservation". Guy and Ken's shorebird research over many years has contributed immensely to our knowledge of shorebirds.


On 10 August the helicopter with Guy and Ken doing aerial surveys passed over us as we were stationed to count on the ground. The chopper also carried a receiver which recorded shorebirds with nanotags. There have been 16 historical aerial shorebird surveys of the James Bay coast, the last was in 2009.


On our West Bay survey, Barb, Felicia and Jean spotted this adult Semipalmated Sandpiper with blue flag AK8. 2 August 2016. This Semipalmated Sandpiper was flagged in Brazil on 31 January 2015 by David Mizrahi of the New Jersey Audubon research team and aged at the time as a second year (almost a year old, hatched the previous summer). Many thanks to Laura-Marie Koitsch and David Mizrahi for information.


Juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher on 9 August


Juvenile Greater Yellowlegs on 3 August 2016


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