Nature Canada

Save Our Swallows

The numbers are sobering. Forty years of monitoring data tells us that Ontario’s six swallow species have lost more than half their populations in Canada.

Some of these species, including the Purple Martin, are currently not federally protected under the Species at Risk Act as of 2021. To halt the decline of Canada’s Swallow species and recover their populations we must understand the causes and do what we must to restore healthy populations.

About the Campaign

From habitat loss and pet predation to pesticide-caused crashes in their prey populations of flying insects to climate change; humans have played the leading role in the loss of our cherished swallows. Nature Canada is not giving up on these migratory birds. Rather, we believe it is the perfect time for ALL of us to do our part in helping the swallows make a recovery.

First established in May 2018, our Save our Swallows campaign has built a solid foundation for swallow conservation. By working with different organizations and community partners such as farmers, researchers, Indigenous communities and naturalists we are deepening our understanding of the issues that swallows and their roosts face as well as addressing specific issues regarding each of Ontario’s swallow species.   

The time to act is now!

The longevity of our swallows depends on the steps we take in the coming years.

Become a bird advocate to receive notifications about our latest campaigns calling for government action, information on swallow roost sites, beneficial management practices, or opportunities to advocate with your social circles. Your support can undoubtedly have an impact in halting the decline of these beloved birds. 

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Canada’s wilderness is the world’s envy. It’s our duty to keep our true north strong and green.