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Sustaining Bird Life in Water

World Migratory Bird Day is an opportunity to celebrate and marvel at the return of our feathered friends to our neighborhoods, backyard feeder and your favorite forest trail or coastal walk. After their long migratory journeys from South and Central America, many migratory birds land in Canada to rest, refuel and sleep. Let’s celebrate their return and restore their habitat every year!

Since 1993, Nature Canada, Environment for the Americas and our Nature network partners across Canada have been working to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on the second Saturday of May and October each year. Bird Day raises awareness of migratory birds and the brow they face on their epic annual journeys, as well as the importance of the habitats they rely on when they fly. This year’s conservation theme is Water: Bird conservation. It was chosen by Environment for the Americas to highlight the importance of protecting and restoring wetlands and marine habitats for migratory birds.

Lakes, ponds, river, bogs, swamps, river and oceans are fundamental ecosystems on which birds and many species depend. This year’s focus on water conservation aims to draw more attention to the ways in which aquatic ecosystems are damaged and the unfortunate consequences of man-made brow such as plastic pollution, fish farms, oil spills and habitat loss.

Across the country, Nature Canada’s Bird Day partner organizations of the “Nature Network” organize many World Migratory Bird Day events to celebrate local bird populations and help people learn more about their feathered friends and help conservationists keep an eye out. Find a local event near you here and learn more about this year’s bird species:

  • Dickcissel
  • Osprey
  • Northern Spoon
  • American white pelican

There are many ways we can work together to restore wild bird populations and their aquatic habitats this World Migratory Bird Day and beyond:

  • Reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in your garden and lawn will help divert runoff to local watersheds

  • Save water by taking shorter shower and turning off the tap when brushing your teeth
  • Reduce your purchases of single-use plastics and other water pollutants
  • Create a rainwater tank
  • Advocacy for the protection of their local aquatic habitats
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