|Parks and Protected Areas
National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries
Some of Canada's best wildlife habitat has been set aside in a network of 51 National Wildlife Areas (NWAs) and 92 Migratory Bird Sanctuaries (MBSs) that span all provinces and territories. This protected areas network is managed by Environment Canada and is critical to Canada's efforts to conserve biodiversity:
Safe Haven for Birds
Refuge for Species at Risk
Healthy Natural Ecosystems
What is the difference between a National Park, a National Wildlife Area and a Migratory Bird Sanctuary?
National Wildlife Areas are owned by the federal government and conserve essential habitat for migratory birds, species at risk and other wildlife.
Migratory Bird Sanctuaries include a mix of public and private lands, and generally only focus on protecting birds and their breeding grounds during the nesting season.