|Marc-Andre at an IBA monitoring outing (far right).|
In this post, Marc-Andre Beaucher shares his thoughts on what it means to be a co-Caretaker for Creston Valley IBA in British Columbia. This short, condensed interview comes to us thanks to Krista Englund, IBA Caretaker Coordinator for our provincial partner, BC Nature.
KE: Why did you want to be an IBA Caretaker?
MB: It keeps me connected with a network of other like-minded enthusiastic and knowledgeable bird watchers.
KE: What do you do as a Caretaker?
MB: Mostly monitoring and recording bird sightings, as well as completing annual reports for our local IBA.
KE: What difference does your Caretaker work make for nature?
MB: Helps contribute to the global knowledge about bird ecology and hopefully to good decision making when addressing environmental challenges that affect bird populations.
KE: Why are IBAs important to protect?
MB: IBAs are very significant to raise awareness about the importance of birds locally, nationally, and globally. They’re also something we can take pride in and enjoy!