Protecting Long Distance Migrants
Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave a speech at the UN Conference on the Convention on Biological Diversity. In it, he said, “Protecting biodiversity is one of the paramount environmental challenges facing the world today.”
We all know our birds are important. And we know they are at risk. Environment Canada reports that nearly 1 in 10 breeding bird species in Canada is on the species at risk list and at least 50% of these migrate to Latin America and the Caribbean. One example is the Red Knot, an arctic breeding sandpiper whose population has plummeted from 100,000 to less than 20,000 in only ten years.
The Canadian government has an opportunity to announce its support for Tundra to Tierra del Fuego in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this September 22-27 at the World Birdlife Conservation Conference.
In a future blog, I will let you know more about our progress in our meetings with the Government and also more about the upcoming World Birdlife Conservation Conference, where Nature Canada will have a significant role.