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Bird Species on Campus

Despite a strongly-held appreciation for birds in Canada, urbanization is a leading cause of habitat loss and fragmentation

Canadians value birds for a number of social, ecological, and economic services that they provide. Development on or near wildlands directly threatens wildlife and species diversity. Bird populations in the Southern Shield and Maritimes have decreased by 13% across all species groups. Other factors influencing the change in bird populations include: changing age and species composition of forests, wetland loss, and acid rain.


(Blue-headed Vireo)

Why is biodiversity important?

Species extinction brings with it irreversible loss of unique genetic codes, which reduces environmental integrity.

Did you know?

There are approximately 30 species of birds that frequent the Halifax campuses during the summer months. This number is likely higher in the spring and fall during migration. Bird counts for the Agricultural Campus are forthcoming.


(Black-capped Chickadee)

   (American Goldfinch)     

Common bird species on campus:

American Goldfinch, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, Common Grackle, Black-capped Chickadee, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, American Crow, Rock Pigeon, European Starling, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Red-eyed Vireo, American Robin, Blue Jay, Harry Woodpecker, Herring Gull, Common Raven, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Cedar Waxwing, White-throated Sparrow, and Purple Finch.

Rare species observed on campus:

Snowy owl, Saw-whet Owl, Barred Owl, Red-bellied Woodpecker

Birds of Nova Scotia has more information on the bird species found in Nova Scotia.