Bird Studies Canada
Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0
President: Steven Price
Board Chair: Karen Brown
Charitable Reg. #: 11902 4313 RR0001
Grade: C+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 #32
Avg. Compensation $65,897
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
|$300k - $350k||0|
|$250k - $300k||0|
|$200k - $250k||0|
|$160k - $200k||0|
|$120k - $160k||1|
|$80k - $120k||7|
|$40k - $80k||2|
About Bird Studies Canada:
Founded in 1960, Bird Studies Canada works to conserve wild birds in Canada through research, public engagement, and science-based advocacy. Bird Studies Canada partners runs regional, national, and international programs. In its Canada State of Birds 2019 publication, Bird Studies Canada reports that Canada has lost 40-60% of shorebird, grassland bird, and aerial insectivore populations. In the last decade, 80% of bird species identified as threatened or endangered in Canada have been aerial insectivores or grassland birds.
In F2018, Bird Studies Canada’s regional research and conservation programs made up 63% of total program spending. Bird Studies’ Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) program identifies, conserves, and monitors areas where threatened and endangered birds live. Bird Studies reports that in F2018, half of Canada’s IBAs are being monitored by 6,000 Citizen Scientists, which are Canadian volunteers who track bird populations. Additionally, the Long Point Waterfowl and Wetlands Research program has completed over 130 research projects and trained over 40 young professional wildlife biologists.
Bird Studies Canada used 27% of total program spending on national research and conservation programs in F2018. Bird Studies reports reaching over 28,000 people through education programs and outreach events in 2017. In F2018, thousands of people took part in the Toronto Bird Celebration hosted by Bird Studies Canada.
In F2018, international collaborations made up 10% of Bird Studies Canada’s total program spending. Bird Studies reports participating in 180 international, collaborative Motus tracking projects. Motus is Bird Studies’ tracking system for migratory birds.
Results and Impact:
Bird Studies Canada reports that 54 priority species of conservation concern are currently being tracked, mostly with its Motus system. The charity says that this research will inform targeted improvements to conservation both in Canada and abroad.
While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Bird Studies Canada’s results and impact.
Bird Studies Canada is a medium-sized charity, with total donations of $2.1m in F2018. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 11% of donations. For every dollar donated, 80 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.
Bird Studies Canada holds funding reserves of $5.6m with an endowment fund of $5.1m. Excluding endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover 2 months of annual program costs.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to Bird Studies Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on June 25, 2019 by Lauren Chin.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||8.9%||8.5%||6.2%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||11.0%||9.7%||7.6%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||132.9%||140.5%||122.8%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Fees for service||247||252||238|
|Cash flow from operations||848||(41)||155|