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[separator headline="h3" title="Conservation Efforts Have to Reach Across Borders"] [caption id="attachment_16443" align="alignleft" width="126"]Eleanor Fast Eleanor Fast
Executive Director[/caption] Birds and other wildlife don’t recognize borders – and conservation efforts have to reach across borders too. Last weekend I participated in National Audubon’s biennial convention near Washington, DC. Hundreds of people gathered from Audubon chapters across the US to develop projects and partnerships and share experiences to improve the conservation of birds and other nature in their neighbourhoods. The buzz was contagious and inspiring.Audubon Convention I was at the convention as part of a large gathering of our BirdLife partners from across the Americas to discuss how we can work even more effectively across international boundaries to protect birds. This is enormously important of course as many of our Canadian birds aren’t fully Canadian but migrate huge distances every year to wintering sites in Latin America and the Caribbean. Nature Canada recognizes this continually in our work, for example in learning more about Purple Martins, in protecting Whooping Crane habitat both here in Canada and in Texas, and in spearheading efforts to protect the Canada Warbler among many others. Moving forward, we will also be a leading partner, working with Audubon and Mexico’s ProNatura in developing a grasslands strategy for North America, building on our exciting successes in protecting habitat and species – especially the iconic sage grouse - in Canada. [separator headline="h3" title="Going Far Beyond Birds"]As a Canadian co-partner of BirdLife, the international dimension of our work is always on our minds, and it warblergoes far beyond birds: we also have many other international linkages; for example Nature Canada is a member of the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN) and this winter I pleased to be elected to the Board of the Canadian Committee to the IUCN which provides Nature Canada with an important voice in international conservation. We also participate in many international fora, such as the international parks congress. Nature Canada is a leader in international conservation efforts and the weekend in Washington renewed my determination to continue the difficult work of building partnerships and working together across borders to protect the nature we all love. I hope you will join me in that determination – it is thanks to all our members and supporters that we are able to protect Canadian wildlife and habitats – wherever they are.

Climate change pushing birds to extinction: report
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Climate change pushing birds to extinction: report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2014 (OTTAWA, ON) — Climate change seriously threatens bird species across Canada and the United States according to a new groundbreaking report released today by Nature Canada’s partner organization, the Audubon Society.  The report concludes that half of all birds studied could see their populations drop dramatically on account of climate change. According to the report, habitat disruption brought on by climate change is one of the main factors pushing bird populations into areas to which they are not adapted. The report finds that climate change is happening so fast that many species simply cannot keep up. It concludes that this is likely to lead to the decline of bird populations across North America and, in some cases, outright extinction. “Canada needs to prepare itself for an influx of climate refugee species displaced by warmer temperatures, habitat loss, drought or extreme weather,” said Stephen Hazell, Nature Canada’s Interim Executive Director. “Iconic species like the Chestnut-collared Longspur and the Ivory Gull need our support right now to ensure that they have the habitat they need to survive next year but also in coming years due to worsening climate change.” Audubon’s report echoes the findings of the State of Canada’s Birds report, produced in partnership with Nature Canada, showing that many bird species are declining dramatically in Canada. For 75 years, Nature Canada has worked to protect habitat for species at risk in Canada and internationally. “All the evidence suggests that habitat loss due to climate change is going to hit hard,” said Ted Cheskey, Senior Bird Conservation Manager at Nature Canada. “To help mitigate the impact of climate change, Nature Canada and our provincial affiliates are working with local field naturalist groups and First Nations communities to steward and conserve the Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Canada identified as globally significant.”

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[one_third][separator headline="h2" title="Media Contacts:"] Paul Jorgenson Senior Communications Manager 613-562-3447 ext 248 pjorgenson@naturecanada.ca Monica Tanaka Communications Coordinator 613-562-3447 ext 241 mtanaka@naturecanada.ca [/one_third] [one_third][separator headline="h2" title="About Nature Canada:"] Nature Canada is the oldest national nature conservation charity in Canada. Over the past 75 years, we’ve helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and the countless species that depend on this habitat. Today, we represent a network of over 45,000 members & supporters and more than 350 nature organizations in every province across Canada. Nature Canada is a Canadian co-partner in BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organizations that conserve birds, habitat and global biodiversity. The Audubon Society is the American partner in BirdLife International. Read the full report here. [/one_third] [one_third_last][separator headline="h2" title="Multimedia resources:"]
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