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Since 1999, Nature Canada’s Communities in Action program has helped implement critical on-the-ground conservation efforts at Canada’s Important Bird Areas. The program invests in education, conservation, habitat restoration, and research and monitoring projects at IBAs. Many people and groups take part in the Communities in Action program including educators, environmental organizations, naturalists, municipal groups, and university researchers.
The Communities in Action program has invested in more than 150 grassroots projects to protect important bird habitat in the last decade. Some of our successes include:
- A study of the breeding habitats of threatened Least Bitterns in the wetlands of Ontario’s Long Point IBA. Results of this study will be used to develop best management practices for wetlands areas.
- A conservation agreement to protect 460 acres of private upland and wetland habitat adjacent to Manitoba’s Whitewater Lake IBA.
- Removal of invasive species and restoration of native habitats at British Columbia’s Comox Valley and Boundary Bay IBAs.
- Scores of volunteers have donated thousands of hours of their time on various projects.