Canada’s Swallows are disappearing and the Government of Canada has been dragging its feet in taking action to save them. Over the 40 years leading up to 2012, Swallow populations have been falling – almost precipitously – at troubling rates.
Here are the annual decreases of Swallow populations:
- • Bank Swallow 8.9% annually
- • Purple Martin 4.1% annually
- • Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4.1% annually
- • Barn Swallow 3.4% annually
- • Cliff Swallow 3.3% annually
Nature Canada is gravely concerned that Canada’s majestic Swallow populations will only continue to fall. Will your grandchildren ever know Swallows zipping over the dock at the lake? Singing from the fenceposts?
Four years ago, experts on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) asked the Government of Canada to list the Barn Swallow as threatened under the Species at Risk Act, so that concerted action to recover this species could occur. The government has still not listed Barn Swallows as threatened!
Two years ago, COSEWIC urged that the Bank Swallow be listed as threatened. Again the government has still not acted!
The evidence is there. It’s time to act.
And now three other swallow species–the Purple Martin, Canada’s largest, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Cliff Swallow also appear to be in grave jeopardy.
As a first step, the Environment Minister should accept the recommendation of the independent experts on COSEWIC and list the Barn Swallow and Bank Swallow as threatened species under the Species at Risk Act. Second, the Minister should commission with funding an assessment by COSEWIC of the status of other Swallows—especially the Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Cliff Swallow.
UPDATE: Nature Canada’s collaboration in Eastern Ontario with researchers, naturalists and Purple Martin landlords is showing worrying declines in Purple Martin populations at several sites in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec. The situation is no better elsewhere.
Send a letter today urging the Minister of Environment to take action immediately to list Barn and Bank Swallows and to commission COSEWIC to conduct assessments of the population status of Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Cliff Swallow.
The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment
Ottawa, ON K1M 1A9
In a hurry? Then simply sign the petition to the right.
|To: The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment
Body: We, the undersigned, petition the Minister of Environment to immediately designate the Barn Swallow and Bank Swallow as threatened under the Species at Risk Act as requested by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and to commission COSEWIC to conduct assessments of the status of Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Cliff Swallow bird populations immediately.