Bird Studies Canada
Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0
President: Steven Price
Board Chair: Karen Brown
Charitable Reg. #: 11902 4313 RR0001
Grade: B-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to the Cause
Full-time staff #24
Avg. Compensation $66,524
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About Bird Studies Canada:
Founded in 1960, Bird Studies Canada works to conserve Canada’s wild birds through research, conservation, education and public engagement. Research and conservation program spending made up 94% of program costs in F2016, while membership services accounted for the remaining 6%.
Bird Studies reports spending $4.2m in research and conservation programs in F2016 – 72% went to regional programs, 20% went to national programs and 8% when to international programs. Research and Conservation programs track bird population trends, study causes of population declines, examine conservation concerns and create recommendations to protect bird species. The charity’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) program identifies, conserves and monitors sites in Canada where threatened bird populations live. Bird Studies reports having over 600 IBA sites in Canada as of 2016. Motus is Bird Studies’ tracking system for migratory birds. Bird Studies reports that in 2016, 365 receiving stations in 6 countries tracked 72 species of birds, bats and insects. Bird Studies is also a part of Canada’s National Atlas Program that creates Breeding Bird Atlases. Bird Studies reports that in 2016, breeding bird atlas efforts covered over 50% of Canada’s 1 billion hectares of land and generated 8,000 atlases involving 700 species.
Bird Studies’ Citizen Science program engages Canadians in bird conservation by allowing people to volunteer in tracking bird populations. The charity reports that Citizen Science-gathered data assessed over 35 species at risk and gathered over 6 million new pieces of information on wild birds in Canada in 2016. Bird Studies’ Education programs include training sessions, workshops and curriculum-linked school programs to teach people about the importance of bird conservation. The charity reports reaching 2,300 students through its school programs, 27,000 people through its outreach events and education programs, and 6,500 people in its youth and education programs in 2015.
Bird Studies Canada reports that its staff contribute to 35 peer-reviewed scientific publications each year. The charity has over 200 published articles and reports being cited over 2,500 times since 1995.
Bird Studies Canada is a medium-sized charity with total donations and special events fundraising of $2.8m in F2016. Administrative costs are 6% of revenues and fundraising costs are 8% of donations. Per dollar donated to the charity, $0.86 goes towards its programs, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.
Bird Studies Canada holds funding reserves of $5.5m with an endowment fund of $4.8m. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover only 16% of annual program costs, indicating a funding need.
This charity report is a new profile that is currently being reviewed by Bird Studies Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Profile created on May 29, 2017 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||6.2%||7.4%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||7.6%||7.2%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||122.8%||120.5%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Fees for service||238||234|
|Cash flow from operations||155||424|