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September 29, 2009

Ecology, Conservation and Management of Avian Wildlife

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Ecology, Conservation and Management of Avian Wildlife

Much of my work in Ontario focuses on the ecology and management of colonial nesting waterbirds, such as double-crested cormorants, black-crowned night herons and ring-billed gulls.   The majority of my work is currently conducted at the Tommy Thompson Park, an urban wilderness area in the harbour of Lake Ontario, adjacent to the city of Toronto. Tommy Thompson Park is managed by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and is an internationally recognized Important Bird Area. Check out these two videos made by Julian Victor in 2014: Canopy of Cormorants and Haunts of the Herons.

In 2018 the OMNRF proposed a double-crested cormorant hunt. My comments to this proposal are here.

Students projects at Tommy Thompson Park:

Aditi Gupta, The effect of cormorant nesting on invasive European fire ant abundance and distribution in Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto Ontario (Senior Honours Project, 2016)

Lisa Rosenberger, Behaviour and population dynamics of black-crowned night herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) and double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) (current: Biology MSc)

Meagan McRae, Knowing the Double-crested Cormorant: Behavioural ecology and public education of Double-crested Cormorants at Tommy Thompson Park (MES Major Paper 2015)

Brenna Thompson,  Coyotes and their movement in relation to resources in Tommy Thompson Park (MES Major Paper 2015)

Sabrina Conliffe, Impacts of raccoons on nesting Black-Crowned Night-Herons in Toronto, Ontario (Senior Honours Work 2014)

Nao Ito, co-supervision with L. Packer, Analyses of environmental factors for the persistence of Myrmica rubra (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in green spaces of the Greater Toronto Area and applications of ecological niche/species distribution models (MES Major Paper 2014)

Heather Lennox, The translocation of raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Tommy Thompson Park (Senior Honours Work 2014)

Miranda Chen, Estimating raccoon (Procyon lotor) occupancy and density using camera traps in Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto from 2010 to 2012 (Biology, Senior Honours Thesis 2013)

Kristi Rudmik, co-supervision with L. Packer, Invasive European fire ants (Myrmica rubra) in an urban green-space: abundance, distribution and impact on tree nesting black-crowned night herons (MES, thesis 2011)

Thomas Langille, Raccoon camera trap study at Tommy Thompson Park (Senior Honours Work 2012)

Ilona Feldman,  Double-crested cormorant management at Tommy Thompson Park: Conspecific attraction experiment and egg-oiling modeling (Biology MSc Thesis 2011)

Andrew Chin, The carryover effect of deterrent activities on the nesting sequence of tree-nesting double-crested cormorants (Phalancrocorax auritus) (Biology, Senior Honours Thesis, 2010)

Bernard Taylor, Cormorant management and the Leslie Street Spit (MES, Major Paper 2009)

Sepideh Lakfard, The breeding biology of Common Terns at Tommy Thompson Park, Ontario (Biology, MSc Thesis 2010)

Dave Andrews, Foraging ecology of double-crested cormorants in Toronto with perspectives on management (Biology, MSc Thesis 2008)








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