Save Our Boreal Birds!

The Save Our Boreal Birds Campaign is going strong – nearly 48,000 people from 62 countries have signed our petition to protect the Boreal Forest for the more than 300 bird species that regularly breed in the region!

Haven’t signed yet? Check out the petition and add your name.

Canada’s Boreal Forest stretches from the Yukon to Newfoundland, and at 1.4 billion acres it is one of the world’s most important ecosystems. It hosts an incredible diversity of breeding birds, including year-round residents like Boreal Chickadee (photo by Jeff Nadler) and Gray Jay; nomadic breeders such as White-winged Crossbill and Pine Siskin; and warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, and other migratory species that breed in the Boreal each summer and then migrate southward throughout much of the Western Hemisphere.

Unfortunately, the Boreal Forest is steadily being carved up by unchecked oil and gas, mining, logging, and hydro development. While less than 8% of the Boreal is permanently protected, already 30% has been allocated to industry. In recent years, long-term declines in many Boreal bird species have been reported. Rusty Blackbirds have declined by 95%, Olive-sided Flycatchers, Boreal Chickadees, Bay-breasted and Canada Warblers, and Evening Grosbeaks by more than 70%, and scaup and scoters by over 50%.

Nature Canada, Ontario Nature, Boreal Songbird Initiative and many other conservation groups have joined together to launch the Save Our Boreal Birds Campaign to demand the Canadian Government commit to protecting at least 50% of the Boreal and supporting sustainable development practices in the remaining areas. Thank you to everyone who has signed our petition so far!