April 4, 2016

Guidelines to Minimize Disturbance of Colonial-Breeding Waterbirds during Research Activities

The latest edition of Picoides, the newsletter for the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, provides guidance to minimize disturbance of colonial-breeding waterbirds during research activities (pg 10-12). Seabirds and waterbirds are particularly vulnerable to the effects of human disturbance. These guidelines are designed to increase awareness of the sensitivities of Canada’s seabird and waterbird colonies to disturbance, provide information on the applicable legal protection, and provide guidance on appropriate behaviour to follow when near breeding colonies of seabirds and waterbirds in order to avoid and minimize disturbance.

See also the section on birds in the Three Rs Microsite.