It’s out! The first ever report on the State of Canada’s Birds
This morning Nature Canada and the other members of NABCI-Canada (the North American Bird Conservation Initiative) released a first-of-its-kind report on the state of Canada’s birds – and if you’re at all interested in how our nation’s birds are doing, you’ll want to take a look.
The report also describes how ‘our’ birds are, in fact, shared with other countries. Only 22% of the 451 species that regularly breed in Canada, stay in Canada for the winter. 33% over-winter in the USA, 23% in Mexico, Central American and the Caribbean, 15% in South America and 7% in Europe, Asia or on the open oceans. An alarming trend for these migratory species is that the further they go, the worse they are doing. Birds migrating to only the United States have declined about 5%. Those whose destination is South America have declined over 60% whereas birds that stay in Canada over the winter have increased by about 50%.
This report is a measurable indicator of how well we are fulfilling our shared responsibility as stewards of our nation’s wildlife and wilderness areas. Clearly there is much we can and must do to ensure we have healthy ecosystems for years to come, and this report provides a path to do so.