Donate – Thunder Cape

Thunder Cape Bird Observatory (TCBO) is a joint project of the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources – Wildlife Assessment Program (OMNR-WAP), and Birds Canada, working in partnership with Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, and the Canadian Coast Guard. Core funding for the migration monitoring at Thunder Cape is provided by OMNR – WAP, to contribute to its assessment of bird population trends in Ontario.



When the Ontario government decided in the late 1980’s that it needed to monitor the wildlife living in its vast Northern Ontario crown lands, it was Ministry of Natural Resources scientist Dr. David Hussell who thought that a bird migration monitoring station in the Thunder Bay area would fill a big gap between stations at Delta, Manitoba and Whitefish Point, Michigan (near Sault Ste. Marie). He surmised that migratory birds from the forests of Northwestern Ontario would pass by the western half of Lake Superior on their way south in the fall and north in the spring.