A photo story
The dawn chorus
Every year in the spring, park staff wake up early and record birdsongs at the same places in the park reserve’s forests. We send these recordings to bird experts who identify the birds.
The birdsong survey reveals 68 different kinds of birds in the park. The most common bird detected is the pacific slope flycatcher.
Learn more: Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Bird Species List (PDF, 584 KB)
We have also detected species at risk such as the olive-sided flycatcher and the band-tailed pigeon.
Birds and deer
Our songbird data shows fewer birds on islands with an overpopulation of deer. The deer eat the understory bushes the birds need to nest, feed and hide. A fenced area on Sidney Island shows what happens when you keep the hungry deer out.
Happy bird day
Keeping track of trends in birds tells us what’s happening in the forest. In turn, we can fulfill our commitment to protect natural areas for present and future generations!
Learn more: Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Songbird Monitoring Factsheet (PDF, 576 KB)