You may have heard about the launch of the State of the World‘s Birds Report. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about Nature Canada’s work to protect birds in Canada.
As you may recall, Nature Canada was instrumental in the development of the first ever State of Canada’s Birds Report last year, and here are some of the facts from our report:
- On average, Canadian bird populations have declined by 12%
- Aerial insectivores (birds that catch insects in flight such as the threatened chimney swift or the much adored purple martin) have declined by a staggering 64%
- Grassland birds such as the eastern meadowlark have declined by 45% (with some species declining more than 90%) most likely caused by loss of breeding and winter habitat
As someone who loves nature, you must find these statistics as alarming as I do.
But the Report also gives us a blueprint for action. And at Nature Canada, we are defined by our actions and our impact. The Report clearly shows that targeted conservation initiatives have produced inspiring and meaningful successes to help at-risk species.
Birds of prey are recovering. Hawks, eagles and falcons populations have increased an average of 70%. Many waterfowl species have increased too averaging 45%.
Our conservation plans are based on sound science, and implemented and monitored by experts. Because of the support of our members, we can focus on strategies to help species recover.
Furthermore, the Report clearly shows that “citizen scientists” our talented volunteer birders who monitor the health of birds in their area provide critical data on the health of birds and their environments. Nature Canada members are taking action in their communities and through gifts that result in tangible recoveries for birds in Canada.
Will you make a special gift to Nature Canada today to support our ongoing work to protect vulnerable birds and other species? Your support will allow us to develop more targeted conservation initiatives for more at-risk species in your community and across Canada.
Yours for nature,