As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 28 September 2012

Habitat management can work to conserve birds

EMC Lifestyle - From last week's note on the status of Canada's birds, the successful management of our wetlands and hunting demonstrate that habitat management can work to conserve birds. However, wetlands still face many threats. including draining for agriculture and development, pollution, invasive non-native species and increasing droughts due to climate change. Thus, conservation efforts must continue.

Another factor, a positive one, is our direct intervention to enable raptor populations to increase in numbers, which has allowed dramatic recoveries to take place. For example, the banning of DDT helped Peregrine Falcons and Eagle populations maintain their species numbers.

The biggest threats for many species during their long migrations are loss of habitat at stopover sites and on their wintering grounds. International co-operation is required to address these threats. There is much to be done, but solutions can, and must, be implemented at all levels of Canadian society, along with international organizations to achieve conservation success.

In our local world, in Mississippi Mills, Terry Kotjila had a female Evening Grosbeak and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak eating black cherries on her property. On Sept. 15 Cliff Bennett spotted a Northern Goshawk as it flew over the gas station at the corner of Highway 15/County Road 29 and Christian Street in Almonte. On the river in town, during clean up, Cliff and Bryn Mathews spotted several juvenile Belted Kingfishers chasing their parents for food. Two Great Blue Herons and one juvenile Green Heron were standing by themselves on the shoreline, down river from Metcalf Park.


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