“Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.”
– Rachel Carson, Silent Spring.
Profound words from Rachel Carson, author and biologist, who began to notice a declining bird population back in 1962 when no one else took note. Then, it was pesticides and DDT that were wiping out mass populations of birds.
Years of dedication to conservation and reductions in chemical-use brought back the calls of many birds. But it is now 2010, and millions of birds are still threatened every day.
Migratory birds continue to face challenges in their travels, which is affecting the survival of the global bird population. We were inspired by Bill Lishman’s unique contribution to the preservation of the bird population, work that helped to bring back the Whooping Crane from the brink of extinction, but millions of birds the world over are threatened by barriers to migration and habitat destruction.
You can help save global migratory bird populations by visiting our Taking Flight campaign page!
Many organizations, like the fantastic Birdlife International, are working tirelessly to preserve the paths of migratory birds. Evidently, migratory birds face difficulties worldwide; their Born to Travel campaign works to protect the African-Eurasian flyway for migratory birds from complex and multi-level problems by improving conservation policies and cooperation between countries.
In our cities, these birds are threatened by built structures in our own cities, which they fly into regularly and die. FLAP (Fatal Light Awareness Program) is a program based in Toronto (though there are many like it all over North America) which aims to decrease the impacts of the urban landscape as an obstacle on migratory birds.
In our own backyards in Canada, we’re Taking Flight to conserve and protect migratory birds. We’re also keeping an eye on essential bird habitats, working to protect wetlands with Ducks Unlimited Canada and to keep Boreal birds near the Tar Sands healthy and safe with Nature Canada. Visit our campaign page to find out more and to get involved!
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