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Project Descriptions - Atlases and Inventories

Breeding Bird Atlas of Ontario Project

(2001-2005): The Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario provides an up-to-date picture of the distribution of the province's nesting birds, at a level of detail that has never before been feasible. The Atlas is filled with maps and information about the birds of Ontario. The maps and data show where the birds occur and indicate whether or not a species is widespread or local, common or rare. As such, the Atlas is a useful tool for seeing which birds nest in your area or near your favourite birdwatching, hiking or camping spots. The informative text accompanying each map tells you more about the bird, including an explanation of why it occurs where it does, why it is absent in some areas, or perhaps why it is rare or common in the province. The Atlas is a useful tool for conservationists. By showing the current pattern of bird distributions in Ontario, the Atlas makes it possible to assess which species are declining or spreading, which are the rarest birds and which are likely to be threatened by human activity.

KFN contact: Ron Weir

Tree Atlas of Ontario Project:

See Blue Bill Volume 43, No.2, June 1996, page 98 for information on this project.

KFN contact: Winnie Smith

Plant Inventories:

The Fowler Herbarium of the Department of Biology, Queen's University, recently published Plants of the Kingston Region: 1996 by Adele Crowder, Karen Topping and John Topping. The book is a checklist designed for field use in the Kingston area and is intended for use by botanists, naturalists, ecologists and others. The sources of information for the book were: labels from specimens in the Fowler Herbarium; checklists, theses, reports and publications; and comments from field botanists. Several KFN members contributed to this major project by proof-reading the text or assisting with the collection and identification of specimens for the herbarium.

KFN contact: Adele Crowder