David M. Bird, Ph.D.
of Wildlife Biology
Department of Natural Resource Sciences
Macdonald Campus of McGill University
21,111 Lakeshore Rd.
H9X 3V9 CANADA
Tel: (514) 398-7760
B.Sc. (Honours Zoology), University of Guelph, 1973
M.Sc. (Wildlife Biology), McGill University, 1976
Ph.D. (Wildlife Biology), McGill University, 1978
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A Full Professor of Wildlife Biology and Director of the Avian Science and Conservation Centre of McGill University. Main research interest to date focused on raptorial birds, which encompasses virtually all aspects of their biology. Have at my disposal a captive colony of 200 or more American kestrels. Have a strong interest in collaborating with other scientists in areas of toxicology, reproductive physiology, as well as with endangered species research. Participating in recovery programs for endangered Peregrine Falcons and Loggerhead Shrikes. Have world-wide contacts in ornithology. Also interested in human-bird interactions, e.g. control of nuisance wildlife, impact of ecotourism, development, golf courses, etc. on wildlife. Most recent research interest includes application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to wildlife studies.
Past-President of the Raptor Research Foundation Inc.; current President of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, Past Member of the board of directors of the American Birding Association. Elected as a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union in 1996 and as a Member of the International Ornithological Committee in 1998.
Have much experience in area of public relations; produced a weekly nature report for CFCF-CTV, a major English television network in Quebec for 3 years; produced television reports for The Discovery Channel (Canada) in 1995; write a monthly column on birds in The Gazette, Quebec's only major English newspaper; write four columns on birds for the bimonthly magazine, Bird-Watchers' Digest, and associated newsletters, Backyard Bird News and New on the Fly. Also have done several hour-long phone-in shows on wildlife for CJAD annually and did produce a weekly nature column on CJAD radio for 45 weeks in 1995. Founded and organized the Montreal Bird Festival in May 2000.
In terms of teaching at McGill University, lecture on ornithology, science communication methods, wildlife conservation, and fisheries and wildlife management. Taught ornithology in Kenya for 4 stints. Have taught a 5-day ornithology course for interested bird-lovers.
Over 165 publications in refereed scientific journals; edited two conference proceedings, three books including Raptor Research and Management Techniques (2007) and two newsletters; author of Birds of Canada (2010), City Critters:How to Live With Urban Wildlife (1986), Bird’s Eye View (1999), and The Bird Almanac (2004)
Publications In Refereed Journals in the last Six (6) Years:
Lepczyk, C.A., N. Dauphine, D.M. Bird, S. Conant, R.J. Cooper, D.C. Duffy, P.J. Hartley, P.P. Marra, E. Stone and S.A. Temple. What Conservation Biologists Can Do Regarding Trap-Neuter-Return: A Response to Longcore et al. (accepted for publication).
Frei, B., R.D. Titman, and D.M. Bird. Nestling growth of Bobolinks. Wilson Journal of Ornithology (accepted for publication).
Bird, D. M. and L. Bardo. Forty years of breeding American kestrels (Falco sparverius) In captivity: what have we learned? Journal of Raptor Research (accepted for publication).
Hudson, M-A. and D. M. Bird. 2009. Recommendations for design and management of golf courses and green spaces based on surveys of breeding bird communities in Montreal. Landscape and Urban Planning (In press).
Donehower, C.E. and D. M. Bird. 2009. Nesting habitat use by Common Eiders on Stratton Island, Maine. Wilson Journal of Ornithology (in press).
Fernie, K., J. Shutt, R. Letcher, I. Ritchie and D. Bird. 2009. Environmentally relevant concentrations of DE-71 and HBCD alter eggshell thickness and reproductive success of American kestrels. Environmental Science & Technology (in press).
Fernie, K.J., L. J. Shutt, R.J. Letcher, I.J. Ritchie, K. Sullivan and D.M. Bird. 2008. Changes in Reproductive Courtship Behaviors of Adult American kestrels (Falco sparverius) Exposed to Environmentally Relevant Levels of the Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Mixture, DE-71. Toxicological Sciences 102:171-178.
Donehower, C. E. and D. M. Bird. 2008. Gull predation and breeding success of Common Eiders on Stratton Island, Maine. Waterbirds 31: 454-462.
Olsen, J., E. Fuentes, D.M. Bird, A.B. Rose, and D. Judge. 2008. Dietary shifts based upon prey availability in peregrine falcons and Australian hobbies breeding near Canberra, Australia. Journal of Raptor Research 42(2):125-137.
Olsgard, M.L., J.E.G. Smits, D.M. Bird. 2008. Exposure to inhaled benzene and toluene shows a paradoxical response in American kestrels. Learned Discourse, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 5(1): 176-177.
Donehower, C. E., D. M. Bird, C. S. Hall, and S. W. Kress. 2007. Effects of gull predation and predator control on tern nesting success at Eastern Egg Rock, Maine. Waterbirds 30: 29-39.
Richards N.L., P. Mineau, D.M. Bird, P. Wery, J. Larive and J. Duffe. 2007. First observations of an Eastern Screech-owl population in an apple-producing region of southern Quebec. Canadian Field-Naturalist. 120(3): 289-297.
Drouillard K.G., K.J. Fernie, R.J. Letcher, L.J. Shutt, M. Ryan, W. Gebink, and D.M. Bird. 2007. Bioaccumulation and biotransformation of sixty-one polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and four polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) congeners in juvenile American kestrels (Falco sparverius). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 26:313-324.
Fisher, S.A., G.R. Bortolotti, K.J. Fernie, D.M. Bird, and J.E. Smits. 2006. Behavioral variation and its consequences during incubation for American kestrels exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 63(2):226-235.
Fernie, K.J., L. Shutt, I.J Ritchie, R.J. Letcher, K. Drouillard, and D.M. Bird. 2006. Changes in the growth, but not the survival of American kestrels (Falco sparverius) exposed to environmentally relevant polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health 69:1541-1554.
Hudson, M-A. R. and D.M. Bird. 2006. An affordable computerized camera technique for monitoring bird nests. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34(5): 1455-1457.
Richards, N.L., P. Mineau, and D.M. Bird. 2006. The case for sampling eastern screech owls (Megascops asio) admitted to rehabilitation facilities for evidence of exposure to pesticides and persistent chemicals. Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation 28(1): 4-9.
Fisher, S.A., G.R. Bortolotti, K.J. Fernie, D.M. Bird and J.D. Smits. 2006. Brood patches of American kestrels altered by experimental exposure to PCBs. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A. 69:1-11.
Richards, N. L., P. Mineau, and D.M. Bird. 2005. A risk assessment approach to DDE exposure based on the case of the eastern screech owl (Megaoscops asio) in apple orchards of southern Quebec. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 49(3): 403-409.
Laing, D.K., D.M. Bird, and T.E. Chubbs. 2005. First complete migration cycles for juvenile Bald Eagles from Labrador. J. Raptor Res. 39(1): 11-18.
Chubbs, T.E., M.J. Solensky, D.K. Laing, D.M. Bird, and G. Goodyear. 2005. Using a portable, anchorbolt ladder to access rock-nesting Osprey. J. Raptor Res. 39(1): 105-107.
Donehower, C.E. and D. M. Bird. 2005. A method for color-marking birds at resting sites. J. Field Ornithol. 76(2): 204-207.
Love, O.P., L.J. Shutt,, J. Silfies, G.R. Bortolotti, J.E. Smits, and D.M. Bird. 2003. Effects of dietary PCB exposure on adrenocortical function in captive American kestrels (Falco sparverius). Ecotoxicology 12:199-208.
Love, O.P., D.M. Bird, and L.J. Shutt. 2003. Corticosterone levels during post-natal development in captive American kestrels (Falco sparverius). General and Comparative Endocrinology 130:135-141.
Love, O.P., D.M. Bird, and L.J. Shutt. 2003. Plasma corticosterone in American kestrel siblings: effects of age, hatching order, and hatching asynchrony. Hormones and Behavior 43: 480-488.
Coleman, J.L. and D.M. Bird. 2003. Urban sharp-shinned hawk productivity in Quebec. Bird Trends 9: 13-16.
Bortolotti, G.R., J.E. Smits, and D.M. Bird. 2003. Iris colour of American kestrels varies with age, sex, and exposure to PCBs. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 76:99-104.
Tittlemier, S.A., J.A. Duffe, A.D. Dallaire, D.M. Bird, and R.J. Norstrom. 2003. Reproductive and morphological effects of halogenated dimethyl bipyrroles on captive American kestrels (Falco sparverius). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 22(7):1497-1506.
Love, O.P., Shutt, L.J., Silfies, J., and Bird, D.M.. 2003. Repeated handling results in reduced corticosterone levels in developing and adult captive American kestrels (Falco sparverius). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 76(5): 753-761.
Smallwood, J.A. and D.M. Bird. 2002. American kestrel (Falco sparverius). In A. Poole and F. Gill, eds. The Birds of North America, No. 602. Academy of Natural Sciences, Washington, DC and The American Ornithologists’ Union, 32 pp.
Other Refereed Publications:
Blanco, J., J. Samour, and D.M. Bird. 2007. Reproductive Physiology. Pp. 286-292 In D.M. Bird and K.L. Bildstein, eds.. Raptor Research and Management Techniques. Hancock House Publishers, Surrey, BC
J.B. Platt, D.M. Bird, and L. Bardo. 2007. Captive Breeding. Pp. 383-400. In D.M. Bird and K.L. Bildstein, eds. Raptor Research and Management Techniques. Hancock House Publishers, Surrey, BC
Bird, D.M., B. Hunter, B. and P. Redig. 2004. Prevalence of West Nile virus in birds of prey in North America. (In) Proceedings of the 3rd Africa and Middle East Section, Wildlife Disease Association Meeting, Pritipal Soorae, (ed.). Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 10-13, 2004 [CD-ROM]
Fernie, K., L. Shutt, R.J. Letcher, K. Drouillard and D.M. Bird. 2004. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers: An Emerging Threat to Raptors. (In) Proceedings of the 3rd Africa and Middle East Section, Wildlife Disease Association Meeting, Pritipal Soorae, (ed.). Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 10-13, 2004 [CD-ROM]
Richards, N.L., P. Mineau and D.M. Bird. 2004. Exposure of the eastern screech-owl (Otus asio) to organophosphorus insecticides and anticoagulant rodenticides in apple orchards of southern Quebec, Canada. (In) Raptors Worldwide, R.D. Chancellor and B.-U. Meyburg (eds.) World Working Group on Birds of Prey, pp 389-408
Edited Refereed Conference Proceedings and Books:
Bird, D.M. and K.L. Bildstein. 2007. Raptor Research and Management Techniques. Hancock Publishing House, Surrey, B.C. 463 pp.
Bird, D.M.. 2004. The Bird Almanac: A Guide to Essential Facts and Figures on the World’s Birds. Key Porter/Firefly Books, Toronto. 460 pp.
Bird, D. M. and D, Chabot. 2009. The 2007 Ungava Bay (QC) Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) survey. Canadian Wildlife Service, Quebec, Quebec.
Bird, D. M. and M. Gahbauer. 2003. Recommendations for the protection of peregrine falcons at lac Mékinac. Societé de la faune et des parcs du Québec. 11 pp.
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