“Neonics” are a type of insecticide used on farms that science shows are very harmful to birds and bees. Eating even a few seeds coated with neonics can emaciate a bird, interfere with reproduction and navigation, and even lead to death. France has banned neonics entirely, and other European countries are looking to follow suit. There are safer alternatives. The Canadian government is reviewing neonics right now, but so far has only proposed half measures that would allow the dangerous insecticide to continue being widely used. That’s not good enough for our declining bird and bee populations. Please take a moment to send a note to the Canadian Health Minister who has jurisdiction over this issue and encourage her to ban neonics entirely. If enough of us raise our voices, we can ensure Canada catches up to other places in protecting our birds and bees from harmful chemicals.