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BECO  is a non-profit organization that uses ecological research to advance 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 population 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, our goal is to improve the outcome of conservation actions, 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 people and organizations, thereby increasing the impact of our work and drawing important connections between the health of bird populations and ecosystems.

Recent News

July 2020 — Our Barn Swallows and social cues research paper receives the James Fletcher Award for best paper in a volume of The Canadian Field-Naturalist.

April 2020 — Find out about bird life in agricultural grasslands on BECO’s new grassland bird website!

March 2020 — BECO’s research on when Bobolink finish breeding published in The Journal of Wildlife Management.

March 2020 — Ontario Sheep News Magazine features an article by BECO about grassland birds.

February 2020 — Barn Swallows and social cues research published in The Canadian Field-Naturalist.

September 2019 — BECO’s research on testing grazing strategies for Bobolink published in Avian Conservation and Ecology.

August 2019 — Learn more about our field research in this recent issue of BECO News.

November 2018 — BECO is 5 years old! Take a look at some of what we’ve accomplished in our 5-year retrospective report.

October 2018 — BECO presents a poster on grazing strategies to support Bobolink breeding success at the annual conference of The Wildlife Society in Cleveland, Ohio.

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