BECO  is a non-profit organization that uses ecological research to further the conservation of birds in Ontario.

Filling knowledge gaps

There are many unanswered questions about the ecology of at-risk bird species in Ontario and the causes of species’ declines. BECO strives to address key knowledge gaps to contribute essential information needed for the conservation of wild bird populations and their habitats.

Conducting scientific research

We conduct scientific research to address ecological questions about Ontario’s bird species at risk. By providing this information to the conservation community, we intend to increase the efficiency and efficacy of conservation programs, thereby contributing to the recovery of species at risk.


As a small non-profit organization, we rely on the strength inherent in collaboration to address complex conservation issues. Our goal is to develop partnerships with like-minded organizations, thereby increasing the impact of our work and drawing important connections between the health of bird populations and ecosystems.

Recent News

May 2017 — An article in Ontario Farmer showcases BECO’s Bobolink research in an interview with one of the producers we worked with in 2016.

November 2016 — AWARE Simcoe reports on BECO’s grassland bird conservation workshop, held on November 22 at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation.

September 2016 — The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario blogs about our Bobolink grazing project.

August 2016 — Check out BECO’s end-of-summer newsletter with updates from the 2016 field season.

March 2016 — BECO initiates a research program to conserve songbirds in agricultural landscapes with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

September 2015 — Thank you for making BECO’s first fundraising campaign a great success! Our Focusing on songbird conservation science campaign raised just over $3,000 to support our Barn Swallow and Prairie Warbler projects.

May 2015 — BECO’s Barn Swallow project featured in local paper. The Ayr News visits us in the field as we set up this year’s Barn Swallow nesting structures.

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