Bird Studies Canada

P.O. Box 160, 115 Front St.
Port Rowan, ON N0E 1M0
President: Steven Price
Board Chair: Karen Brown

Charitable Reg. #:11902 4313 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About Bird Studies Canada:

Founded in 1960, Bird Studies Canada works to conserve wild birds in Canada through research, public engagement, and science-based advocacy. Bird Studies Canada runs regional, national, and international programs. In its Canada State of Birds 2019 publication, Bird Studies Canada reports that Canada has lost 40-60% of shorebird, grassland bird, and aerial insectivore populations. In the last decade, 80% of bird species identified as threatened or endangered in Canada have been aerial insectivores or grassland birds.

In F2018, Bird Studies Canada’s regional research and conservation programs made up 63% of total program spending. Bird Studies’ Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) program identifies, conserves, and monitors areas where threatened and endangered birds live. Bird Studies reports that in F2018, half of Canada’s IBAs are being monitored by 6,000 Citizen Scientists, which are Canadian volunteers who track bird populations. Additionally, the Long Point Waterfowl and Wetlands Research program has completed over 130 research projects and trained over 40 young professional wildlife biologists.

Bird Studies Canada used 27% of total program spending on national research and conservation programs in F2018. Bird Studies reports reaching over 28,000 people through education programs and outreach events in 2017. In F2018, thousands of people took part in the Toronto Bird Celebration hosted by Bird Studies Canada.

In F2018, international collaborations made up 10% of Bird Studies Canada’s total program spending. Bird Studies reports participating in 180 international, collaborative Motus tracking projects. Motus is Bird Studies’ tracking system for migratory birds.

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Results and Impact

Bird Studies Canada reports that 54 priority species of conservation concern are currently being tracked, mostly with its Motus system. The charity says that this research will inform targeted improvements to conservation both in Canada and abroad.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Bird Studies Canada’s results and impact.

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Bird Studies Canada is a ­­­­medium-sized charity, with total donations and special events revenues of $2.5m in F2018. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 11% of donations. For every dollar donated, 80 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Bird Studies Canada holds funding reserves of $5.6m, of which $5.1m is donor endowed. Excluding donor endowed funds, the charity’s reserves can cover 2 months of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Bird Studies Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 25, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.9%8.5%6.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 11.0%9.7%7.6%
Total overhead spending 19.9%18.2%13.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 13.5%18.9%16.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,0931,9842,414
Government funding 2,0841,9422,168
Fees for service 247252238
Special events 382361362
Investment income 929154(72)
Other income 411150
Total revenues 5,7764,7045,160
Program costs 4,2014,1164,447
Grants 231419
Administrative costs 431388326
Fundraising costs 272226212
Other costs 111
Total spending 4,9284,7465,005
Cash flow from operations 848(41)155
Capital spending 1437117
Funding reserves 5,6135,8015,484

Note: Ci used government funding figures from the charity’s T3010 CRA filing and adjusted the amounts out of donations. Ci reported change in fair value of investments in investment income, affecting revenues by $372k in F2018, ($179k) in F2017, and ($475k) in F2016. Ci did not report gain/loss on sale of property, buildings and equipment, affecting revenues by $3k in F2017 and ($1k) in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 32

Avg. compensation: $65,897

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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