There is a long history of interest in recording the birdlife of Renfrew County. The first record we have is from 1890... a Prairie Warbler collected from Lake Dore by by Rev. CWG Eifrig, later to become President of the Illinois Audubon Society. Collecting birds continued into the 1900's as Hoyes Lloyd, a federal government ornithologist, and others were frequent visitors to Renfrew County, seeking study skins for museum collections. By the 1960's, this method of collecting had become passé in Renfrew County and binoculars took over.
Bill Walker of Deep River started a list of birds in the late 1940's, all sighted within 3 miles of Deep River. He saw many 'once only' Renfrew County sightings such as Chuck-will's-widow and Bewick's Wren. Upon retirement in 1990, he left a considerable database of sightings.
Two Ontario Breeding Bird Atlasses have been completed since 1981. These were five year volunteer studies that helped greatly in our understanding of the distribution of birds in the county. Also, many birders have contributed records of vagrant and uncommon migrating birds, usually due to birding the same area over many years.
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