A recent study has shown that North American migratory birds are declining. However, the experts are doing their best find better ways to help them. According to Christian Artuso, director of the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas and biologist at Bird Studies Canada, these birds are part of everyone’s responsibility to protect the environment, which represents their shelter.
Birds are tied in with this haven. Therefore, it is best to take care of it until it is too late. Around 350 North America’s migratory bird species are on the verge of extinction. Starting from 1970, about one billion birds were wiped out from the continent.
While people focus on destroying native grasslands which birds such as the Sprague’s pipit use for nests, it is obvious that birds depend on a balanced and healthy ecosystem. Otherwise, they will become extinct, or they will stop migrating to these areas.
Mr. Artuso believes that many efforts should be made during winters to transform Canada into the ideal environment for the migratory birds.
According to Catherine McKenna, Canadian federal Environment and Climate Change Minister, Mexico, the United States and Canada have together an incredible wealth of birds. Therefore, they decided to make a coalition to protect these birds.
This week scientists, nonprofit leaders, and policymakers gathered in Ottawa, Canada for the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife Ecosystem Conservation and Management to establish the outcome of the study and to determine which are the best solutions to improve conservation throughout the continent.
Plus, the meeting day was the same as the 100th anniversary of the Convention for the Protection of Migratory Birds, that gathered politicians and scientists from Canada, the United States, and Mexico not long after the International Migratory Bird Day.
According to the report, species of birds that live in tropical and subtropical forests, as well as in ocean environments are the most threatened, whereas birds along arid lands, grasslands, and the coasts are declining fast.
Scientists advise that seabirds should benefit from more marine-protected areas. They also suggest creating multinational accords regarding plastics pollution, assuring that birds do not get caught in nets or fishing lines as well as managing fisheries to avoid fishing exaggeration.
Regarding grasslands, there are needed contracts in every continent to keep development at bay, whereas the conservation of tropical forests depends on programs such as the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor program in Mexico to ensure the constant harvesting of timber, agroforestry for cacao crops and coffee and the development of ecotourism.
Hopefully, migratory birds will have a safer shelter in the future.