Help Save Our Boreal Birds

Posted by ardeidae on May 03, 2009

Stretching from Alaska’s interior across Canada to the Alantic Ocean, the Boreal Forest of North America plays a critical role in the survival of birds and other wildlife around the world. Nearly 50% of the 700 species of birds that regularly occur in the US and Canada rely on the Boreal for their survival. The forest is also home to the continent’s largest population of wolves, lynx, black and grizzly bears, and even the threatened woodland caribou.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler
Photo by Jeff Nadler

Unfortunately, this habitat is in danger, dwindling away due to destruction and development. Millions of acres of the Boreal are clearcut each year.

A little over a year ago, a petition called “Save our Boreal Birds” was launched by the Boreal Songbird Initiative, along with other environmental groups like Bird Studies Canada, Nature Canada, and the David Suzuki Foundation.

On May 12, this petition will be sent to the Prime Minister of Canada and many provincial leaders, asking that vital bird habitat be kept intact despite the fact that over 30% of the Boreal Forest has already been designated for development. Many migratory birds that travel through the US and other countries breed in the Boreal Forest to the north.

Only 5% of the Boreal Forest in Scandinavia remains. Don’t let this happen in Canada. The birds and wildlife that live there need your help.

Sign the petition to save our Boreal birds!

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