Big Oil helps birders

Big Oil helps birders Yukon's Environment Department won't help study songbirds, so Big Oil will. The Yukon Bird Club has received $5,000 from the Shell Environmental Fund.

Yukon’s Environment Department won’t help study songbirds, so Big Oil will.

The Yukon Bird Club has received $5,000 from the Shell Environmental Fund. The money will help fill the hole created when the territory dropped its contribution from $15,000 last year to only $4,000 for 2009.

The cut means two songbird observatories, at Albert Creek near Watson Lake and at Teslin, will operate for shorter field seasons this year.

But the autumn season may now be slightly extended, thanks to the new money, said club director Ben Schonewille.