Habitat Stewardship Program

Where have all the Swallows Gone???

Do you live on the Bruce Peninsula?  You may be able to help in a study BPBO is doing on the populations of swallows in the area.

Many years ago, several active Purple Martin colonies thrived in apartments on the Bruce Peninsula.  Today this large member of the swallow family is completely absent from the Bruce.  Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory (BPBO) seeks your views on changing bird populations on the Bruce Peninsula that might help clarify what is happening to some of our favourite birds.     Your knowledge and experience can help us understand recent changes to populations of swallows, martins and swifts on the Bruce Peninsula north of Wiarton.

We have designed an online survey that will take about 20 to 30 minutes of your time to complete.  The purpose of the survey is to determine current and historic status and changes in populations of breeding Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin and Chimney Swift.  All of these species use human structures (barns, the eaves and walls of houses, nest boxes, or chimneys) for building their nests, some or most of the time. If you have had any of these species nesting on or near your property in recent times, please complete this survey for us.

Survey will be open until November 20th.