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General News · 2nd July 2022
Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) is asking for your help in gathering important information about Species at Risk on Cortes! Now that we are into the summer months, we are particularly interested in sightings of the Common Nighthawk!

These amazing birds are around the moment and can be seen 'hawking' for insects in the evening. They can be recognized by their sharp electric 'peent' call. They have unique flying patterns and have a white band on the undersides of their wings. Typically, they are spotted flying near grasslands and above treetops. You can find out more about them and listen to their call at this link.

If you spot them, we would love to hear from you! Please tell us the location, date and time and how many you have seen or heard, by emailing Shannon at A photo is a bonus!

What is a Species at Risk?
A Species at Risk is defined as any naturally occurring animal and/or plant that is in danger of disappearing in the wild. You can find out more about Species at Risk on Cortes by visiting our website Species at Risk Friends of Cortes Island [here].

Why is it important to record them?
By submitting your sightings to us, we can update our Species at Risk database, which we share with the BC Conservation Data Centre. This community-sourced information is then used by the government and researchers to help inform conservation management decisions, estimate population numbers, and gauge what is happening to different species in the face of climate change and other threats- so it's pretty important stuff!

What FOCI does:
You can find out more about our exciting projects by visiting our website.
And, remember, FOCI needs support from people like you! A yearly membership costs only $20 per person/$25 per family, and comes with some great perks! You can also donate to help our vital work in responding to the ecological crisis and climate emergency here on Cortes. Check out our website for more details :)