Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus The name peregrine is derived from the latin “peregrinari’ and means the wanderer. This is a fitting name as some peregrine falcons migrate further than most […]

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus There are multiple names for the osprey; some are sea hawk, river hawk, fish hawk. The osprey is known for nesting near rivers and the sea […]

Northern Hawk Owl

Surnia ulula While the northern hawk owl (Surnia ulula) shares many characteristics with smaller hawks, from its long, tapered tail and facial feathers to its diurnal hunting behaviours, […]

Northern Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis The northern goshawk, is the largest member of the Accipiters or true hawks. There are 47 other species of Accipiters throughout the world with Cooper’s hawk […]

Merlin

Falco columbarius The term “merlin” does not merely conjure up images of magic and myth, but it also conjures images of a small falcon. The merlin (Falco columbarius) […]

Marbled Godwit

Limosa fedoa The marbled godwit is one of the four species of godwits found worldwide. In the 1800s the population declined because of hunting, but since has remained […]

Mallard Duck

Anas platyrhynchos The mallard duck is the best-known species of wild duck in the northern hemisphere. The species is distributed mainly in wetlands throughout North America, Europe, and […]

Loon

Gavia immer Familiar to Canadians as the animal gracing the dollar coin, loons are diving birds that spend most of their lives in water. The word ‘loon’ is […]

Horned Puffin

Fratercula corniculata Horned puffins (Fratercula corniculata) are a type of sea bird that are sometimes referred to as a sea parrots, due to their bright bill. The bird’s […]

Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) is one of the most common owls of North America. It is also known as the cat owl, hoot owl, […]