Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Boreal Forest of North America Need Your Help

Willow Ptarmigan 
I am asking all my friends and readers to support the campaign to protect half of the boreal forests in Canada.  Here is the reason for this Taken from the Boreal Birds Need Half website.

"North America’s boreal forest, stretching from interior Alaska across Canada to the Atlantic Ocean, is the breeding ground for an estimated 3 billion birds and more than 300 species— nearly half of all bird species in the U.S. and Canada. Many species are in decline, and habitat loss is a key factor. Modern conservation science contends that at least half of an ecosystem should be protected from development to preserve its ecological health and biodiversity.

This report by the Boreal Songbird Initiative and Ducks Unlimited demonstrates why preserving at least half of this forest ecosystem is needed to give boreal birds their best opportunity for survival in today’s rapidly changing world.

In addition to protecting at least half of the boreal forest, the report recommends sustainable development in the remaining areas. Both protected areas and industrial activities should proceed only with the free, prior, and informed consent of affected Aboriginal communities."

I have visited the boreal forests around Churchill Manitoba and seen a large variety of birds that nest in that location.  We see a large number of these birds as they migrate up to the breeding areas and back down in the winter.  There are many different species of passerines, docs, gulls, shorebirds, and a large number of other species of birds.  So go to this website and sign your name to the petition
Hudsonian Godwit
Pine Grosbeak 
American Tree Sparrow 
Lesser Yellowlegs
Blackpoll Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow