13 November 2016

RESEARCH - Participate in Cat and Wild Bird Study

The issue of bird mortality caused by cats has long been a concern for people involved with birds around the world.

In an effort to understand people’s experience with and perception of wild birds and cats, the University of Guelph (U of G) has created a new study.

This new study is part of a larger body of research by the U of G.

They recently released an outdoor cat population study they completed in the city of Guelph.

Based on 145 surveys, the city has about 7,600 outdoor cats, up to 50 per city block. Guelph is home to 120,000 people.

The researchers counted cats on city streets, paths and alleys, and estimated totals for each survey area. The approach uses information readily available in most urban areas in North America, they said.

“The study was done using techniques that are easy, quick and cheap, providing an opportunity to apply the method to any community that is interested in knowing their number of free-roaming outdoor cats,” lead author Tyler Flockhart, a Liber Ero post-doctoral researcher at U of G, said in a release.

“The hope is that we can bring together cat supporters and bird advocates to take actions to improve cat welfare and reduce the effect of outdoor cats on birds.”

You are invited to participate by taking the study which examines perceptions of wild birds and outdoor cats.

Participants can enter for a chance to win $100 (odds are 1 in 250)!

Participation involves the completion of two short online surveys and the viewing of a short interactive online video, all done in one sitting.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes in total and all participants must be 18 years of age or older.

If you are interested in participating please click on this link.

You are invited to widely distribute/ pass on this survey link to your contacts.

Contact Kenlyn Ramsey with any questions or concerns regarding this study. Research Ethics Board Approved (REB# 16JN033)

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