Our Canada program is a key part of Audubon’s total-flyway conservation vision that uses applied science to ensure that bird conservation efforts are initiated at the places and at the scales necessary to protect birds throughout their full lifecycles. Audubon is working to elevate support for initiatives such as the Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and Indigenous Guardians programs across Canada.
Science-based conservation strategies help to protect large landscapes—including forests, wetlands, and coastal habitats—from the threats of development and the effects of climate change. Canada now has some of the world’s largest modern land-conservation designations, which are protecting critical habitat for tens of millions of migratory birds. But there is more work to be done to ensure permanent protection and stewardship of these lands.
Indigenous Nations are currently pursuing some of the most ambitious plans for preserving lands and waters across Canada. Together, these Indigenous-led proposals could protect more than 100 million acres of critically important Boreal Forest habitat, a place often referred to as North America’s bird nursery.
What We're Doing
- Over 300 bird species nest in or regularly migrate through the Boreal Forest in Canada.
- Canada contains the world’s largest total area of wetland habitat. Wetlands are rich in biodiversity, plus they play an important role in natural climate solutions.
- The Boreal Forest in Canada is one of the world’s largest intact forest ecosystems and one of the most important regions for birds in the Western Hemisphere.
Audubon's Carrie Gray travels to Washaybeyoh/Weeneebeg to support Indigenous-led conservation on a unique Boreal landscape.
Listening to what birds tell us in order to protect the Boreal.
Indigenous-led efforts are keeping bird habitat safe in Manitoba.
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