The Birds in Your Backyard and One Ancient Forest

by Renata

May 23, 2007

 

    Unless you have your very own Greenpeace calendar, you might have missed this year’s International Migratory Bird Day
    Maybe you’re thinking: “Too bad for me. I’ll celebrate migratory birds next year.”
    Yes, but- maybe you won’t.
    Did you know that the Boreal Forest- one of our last ancient forests, and a forest that Kimberly-Clark continues to destroy– is home to hundreds of animal species? Moose, caribou, wolves, linx, bear, eagles, owls, hawks, AND 30 per cent of North America’s songbirds AND 40 per cent of its waterfowl. Do know just how important this habitat is to migratory birds?  Billions of birds breed in the Boreal forest each year. Many of these birds come from as far as South America every summer, and many also come from areas in lower North America. That means the White-throated Sparrow or Swainson’s thrush you hear on your walk through your local park travels up to the Boreal each year. It’s a loooong commute, but these birds do it. In fact, nearly half of North American bird species breed in the Boreal. The report, “The importance of the Boreal Forest to birds,” by Dr. Peter Blancher, Bird Studies Canada states “this forest is of immense global importance to landbirds, especially during the spring and summer when billions of landbirds rely on Boreal nesting grounds.” Yet clear-cutting of the Boreal forest for products such as tissue and toilet paper is destroying habitat and nests of birds living in these forests. Will the birds that traveled south this fall have a forest to return to next spring?
    So now you’re thinking, “I’ve just got to take action.” Want to take more action?

    PS: All you bird people out there– the above photo is of a "Boreal bird" but which one? I’ll send a Greenpeace t-shirt to the first person who gets it right. Contact me by signing up for a Greenpeace blog!  

By Renata

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