Gatineau – Migratory birds are an important part of Canadian biodiversity. Despite their great adaptability, science shows that migratory bird populations are declining, and this has negative impacts on ecosystem health. The Government of Canada is committed to halting this loss of biodiversity by strengthening protective measures for migratory birds and supporting work with many partners, including other governments, Indigenous peoples, and non-profit organizations.
Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $1.998 million over three years in a wide range of programs for migratory bird monitoring and conservation, including for species at risk, throughout Canada. The results of these projects will assist in planning the recovery of species at risk and in protecting their habitats.
These programs will be carried out especially with the help of citizen science volunteers who are recruited and managed by Birds Canada. The programs will take place in a wide range of habitats across Canada to provide information on the status and distribution of birds in Canada.
The funds for these citizen science volunteer programs will be used to organize groups and provide equipment for them to conduct, among other things, breeding-bird atlas surveys, marsh monitoring programs, and the Bicknell’s thrush and woodcock surveys. The funds will also be used to produce bird migration studies and coordinate the eBird platform, the Christmas Bird Count, and the Breeding Bird Survey in Canada. These programs, and the dedicated people who contribute to them, form the backbone of bird conservation.
This investment demonstrates the Government’s commitment to making science-based decisions for migratory bird conservation through partnership with a national organization and the inclusion of Canadians in these projects for increasing knowledge.
This is just one of the measures the Government of Canada is taking to protect nature as it prepares to host the world in Montréal in December 2022 for the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Canada, in partnership with Indigenous peoples, the original stewards of the land, can take the opportunity which COP15 presents to model leadership through actions to conserve nature and halt the loss of biodiversity throughout the world.
“Biodiversity loss, such as the decline in bird populations, demonstrates that our environment is being negatively affected. Birds are an integral part of our lives and are the voice of nature. We cannot let their voices be silenced. We must take action for their conservation. I am inspired by the leadership in the general public, communities, and organizations such as Birds Canada who are working together across the country to protect nature, biodiversity, and species at risk and their habitats.” -Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change