Daily Archives: December 9, 2018

Saving Ontario’s Barn Swallows

If you have had the opportunity to travel down the Highway 401 corridor between Windsor and London you will have noticed several odd looking roofed structures on either side . Although they are very unusual buildings, they are provided for one of our declining swallow species, the Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) often seen in countrysides and around farm buildings. Efforts are being made to return them to their original numbers as their former habitats are being removed, closed or destroyed. The next time you travel this route or other routes in Ontario, you’ll understand why these odd looking structures are standing.


The Ministry of Natural Resources has set up some specific guidelines on Altering Barn Swallow Habitat at their website .



PUMA Abundance throughout the year

This ebird site produced by Cornell University sheds a lot of information about the relative abundance of Purple Martins throughout North and Central America during the year. It is certainly an interesting read about  their movements and relative abundance during the calendar year.