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Conservation Committee News March 2024

Barn Swallow perched on the branch of a tree

Avian Influenza There have been no reports of large die offs of Canada Geese since the 200+ carcasses found in the Lake Ontario Park – Elevator Bay area at the beginning of February. However, sporadic dead birds have been reported throughout the Kingston region, and are continuing to be reported, so the future is still … Read more

Avian Influenza Update, February 21, 2024

Flock of Amercian Crows in a tree on a cloudy day by Hilbert on iNaturalist

I’m pleased to say there was good news in the reports I received this week, as the number of  dead geese reported had greatly reduced. However, there were more reports of dead crows, and indications that Avian Influenza might be spreading to wildlife. The Public Works Department had reports of six dead geese last week, … Read more

AVIAN INFLUENZA — Kingston Field Naturalists Survey February 10/11 2024

Photo by Charles Jackson on Unsplash

Members of the KFN and other observers were asked to send in information about carcasses they saw over the February 10/11 weekend, to try and ascertain how widespread Avian Flu was in the Kingston region. – They were asked not to approach carcasses closely: the survey was only interested the prevalence or absence of carcasses, … Read more

Conservation Committee News December 2023

COMMUNITY STANDARDS BY-LAW – BIRDFEEDERS The original draft Community Standards By-law circulated by the City of Kingston in July included a section: 6. Feeding of Wildlife 6.1 No person will feed or permit the feeding of wildlife, or leave food that is accessible by wildlife. But with exceptions including (h) a person feeding songbirds as … Read more