Nature Canada Urges Canadians to Help Birds on International Migratory Bird Day
May 4, 2012 (Ottawa) – Nature Canada is calling on Canadians to welcome back the birds to our shared home on International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). This year, we are providing twelve tips for Canadians to make Canada safer for birds.
Every fall, billions of birds migrate from Canada’s forests, wetlands and waterways to wintering grounds thousands of miles south. The following spring, they return to breed and raise their young. Most Canadians celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on the second Saturday in May through bird festivals, bird walks and other activities.
“Over 80 per cent of Canada’s birds – literally billions – migrate out of Canada each fall to reach their wintering grounds,” said Ted Cheskey, bird conservation manager for Nature Canada. “Up to sixty per cent perish during their migrations back to Canada. Those that return are survivors that keep their species alive!”
1. Prevent window collisions
Millions of Canadians watch and feed birds from their yards, and even casual bird watchers can be champions for birds by protecting them through these every-day actions. For more information on all twelve tips to help birds, please visit www.naturecanada.ca/imbd.asp.
“The return of Canada’s migratory birds not only brings us joy through their songs, their beauty and their spectacular feats of migration, but also deserve our utmost respect for what they do for us – countless ecological services such as consuming trillions of defoliating insects that would otherwise strip our forests bare,” said Cheskey.
Nature Canada is distributing educational bookmarks and posters with the twelve tips to local nature clubs to help them celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. If you would like more information on IMBD or would like to contact regional or local groups in your area who are celebrating IMBD, please contact:
About International Migratory Bird Day
About Nature Canada
As a Canadian co-partner of BirdLife International’s Important Bird Areas program with Bird Studies Canada, Nature Canada protects and conserves local and migratory birds at Important Bird Areas across Canada. With major support from TransCanada Corporation, Wildlife Habitat Canada and the Government of Canada, the Important Bird Areas program protects keys sites that are vitally important for migrating, staging, breeding and wintering birds.