115 Front Rd
Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0
President: Patrick Nadeau
Board Chair: Trevor Swerdfager

Charitable Reg. #:11902 4313 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 79 cents are available for programs.

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About Birds Canada:

Birds Canada is a 4-star charity that is financially transparent. Its results reporting grade is a B, which is average. Birds Canada’s overhead spending is 21%, which is within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has reserve funds to cover program cost for almost 1 year.

Founded in 1960, Birds Canada works to conserve wild birds in Canada through science, partnerships, public engagement, and advocacy. The charity hopes to increase the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of birds in Canada. Since 1970, 3 billion birds (nearly 1 in 3) have been lost in North America and almost 60% of Canada’s grassland birds have disappeared.

The Assessing the State of Canada’s Birds program was 31% of program spending in F2023. Birds Canada conducts leading scientific research and large-scale population monitoring to guide the conservation of all bird groups. As part of the Great Backyard Bird Count event in F2023, Birds Canada helped identify 7,538 bird species. Birds Canada is also co-leading an international loon science group, where the charity will study loon monitoring data from throughout North America.

The Species of Highest Concern program was 25% of program spending. Through this program, the charity works with landowners to monitor and protect species at risk. Birds Canada also hosts a podcast, The Warblers, to raise awareness about the species most at risk. In F2023, the charity released a documentary called Of Waterfalls and Wings.

The Migration Science and International Collaboration program was 16% of program spending. Birds Canada partners with other groups and organizations to fill critical knowledge gaps and share the responsibility of conserving migratory birds. In F2023, the charity collaborated with an Indigenous group to host two Motus Wildlife Tracking System stations and deploy 18 radio-transmitters on White-throated Sparrows to better understand the migration patterns.

The Mobilizing People in Canada program was 13% of program spending. Birds Canada works with bird enthusiasts, raises awareness, and provides opportunities for people to take action. In F2023, the charity’s award-winning podcast, which featured seven of Canada’s Species at Risk, hit over 100,000 downloads.

The Important Places for Birds program was 9% of program spending. In F2023, the charity worked with partners and launched Canada’s Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) Program and released a new KBA registry.

The Long Point Bird Observatory program was 6% of program spending. In F2023, the observatory counted more than 2.5 million birds of 286 species and banded a total of 26,211 birds of 142 species.

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Results and Impact

Birds Canada’s SwiftWatch program monitors the habitat and population health of Chimney Swifts. The charity helps community members become swift stewards, which led to homeowners in Nova Scotia to open their barn for nearly 100 threatened Chimney Swifts to nest and roost.

Birds Canada went on a cross-border mission save Piping Plover eggs, which ensured nearly 50% of the abandoned eggs were given a chance at survival.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Birds Canada’s results. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Birds Canada had Canadian donations and special event revenues of $3.6m in F2023.

The charity received $5.0m in government funding representing 54% of total revenues, and $960k in international donations.

Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 11% of donations and special events. This results in total overhead spending of 21%, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Birds Canada has $7.8m in reserve funds. These reserve funds are the charity’s cash and investments. The charity has almost 1 year of annual program costs covered by its current reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Birds Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 13, 2024, by Lily Ferguson.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.3%7.4%8.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.4%13.8%9.4%
Total overhead spending 20.7%21.2%18.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 98.1%121.3%125.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,4072,3842,182
International donations 960623989
Goods in kind 03150
Government funding 5,0234,6932,911
Fees for service 178290
Special events 196220209
Investment income (176)3931,246
Other income (205)48522
Total revenues 9,2229,1957,647
Program costs - International 217164109
Program costs - Canada 7,7536,6575,699
Grants 72221
Administrative costs 871652552
Fundraising costs 412358224
Other costs (5)1727
Total spending 9,2547,8706,631
Cash flow from operations (32)1,3251,017
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 7,8258,2977,304

Note: Ci used the international donations and government funding amounts from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA and removed the amounts from donations. The charity had deferred revenues of ($262k) in F2023, $436k in F2022, and ($166k) in F2021. Ci could not break out changes in government vs. non-government deferred revenues, so the deferred revenue has been added to other revenue. Ci included bank interest and exchange as an expense, affecting revenues and expenses by ($33k) in F2023, ($11k) in F2022, and ($408) in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 61

Avg. compensation: $69,704

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2023

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.birdscanada.org
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