NEW TUMBLER RIDGE BIRD CHECKLIST AVAILABLE

The second edition of ?The Birds of Tumbler Ridge? has just been printed. The checklist now has 227 species, up from the 212 that were included in the first edition, which was published in 2002. It now also indicates which species are known to breed here (currently 103).

It is Special Publication #1 of the Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies, based in Victoria. It will be the prototype for similar publications for other northern BC communities, and has been registered at an international level.

Four Tumbler Ridge businesses helped provide funding for this publication: Golden Aspen B&B, Lake View Credit Union, Peoples Pharmacy and Shop Easy Foods. Canfor also provided support.

The information was compiled by combining the records of local birders over many years, with those of visiting experts. Internationally renowned ornithologist Wayne Campbell was pivotal in this process. Wayne has been to Tumbler Ridge on a number of occasions to encourage the local birders, and has delivered talks in the Library.

The new checklist will hopefully not only be of use to regional birders and visitors, but can serve as a tool for the many environmental assessments that are being conducted in the area.

The checklist is available free of charge at the Visitor Information Booth and the Community Centre.

Sincerely,

Charles Helm