Bird Day 2020 – Join Us Online!

Public health guidelines mean we can’t physically come together this year to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day—but that shouldn’t stop us from gathering virtually!

Long Point Biosphere Reserve welcomes BIRDS BACK TO CANADA on May 9, 2020.

The Theme for Bird Day 2020 is “Birds Connect Our World”.

The Long Point Biosphere Reserve (LPBR) is joining with Nature Canada and many conservation groups across Canada in bringing their communities together virtually to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. Many are hosting online photo sharing sessions that will help nature lovers to discover, defend, and restore migratory bird populations and the natural places they call home. Hundreds of bird species are on the move this spring, many returning to Canada from as far away as South America.

“We’re thrilled that groups from across the country are participating in this year’s bird day celebrations—even as we shift online,” said Graham Saul, Executive Director of Nature Canada. “Birds continue to connect Canadians, and this celebration is of added importance at a time when we are advised to be physically apart. We owe it to these magnificent creatures to defend and protect their habitat so they’re always able to migrate home.”

Here in the LPBR, we are celebrating World Migratory Bird Day online.  RSVP for the event here: RSVP The event runs from 2:00 – 3:00PM on May 9. Hosted by the LPBR’s NatureHood and Cleaning Up Norfolk programs, the event will include an art and photo share and discussion online.

The Long Point Peninsula and Marshes, within the LPBR, is recognized as a globally significant Important Bird and Biodiversity Area due to the remarkable number of staging/feeding birds using the area during spring and fall migration, notably migratory songbirds, waterfowl, and swans. It is home to the Long Point Bird Observatory (the oldest migration monitoring station in the Western Hemisphere), Birds Canada, our national bird conservation organization, and several other local groups that support research and conservation efforts beneficial to birds.

Long Point is an ecological gem situated in the heart of Canada’s most biodiverse region and, for birds, remains one of the nation’s most important places. We can all do our part to help birds in six easy ways – see birdscanada.org to get started.” – Andrew Couturier, an LPBR director and senior scientist at Birds Canada.

The report from BirdLife International, State of the World’s Birds 2018, concludes that birds are in trouble. Forty percent of the world’s 11,000 bird species are in decline, and one in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction.

The State of Canada’s Birds 2019 paints a similarly grim picture. Conservation investments in Canada have made a difference for waterfowl and birds of prey, but actions are needed today to protect declining populations of seabirds, shorebirds, and grassland birds. Threats to birds include habitat loss, climate change, chemical use, and predation by domestic and feral cats. Conservation efforts focused on valuable ecosystems such as Canadian grasslands, oceans, and forests can make a difference.

World Migratory Bird Day raises awareness on the need to conserve birds and their habitats. In Canada, groups are encouraged to register their online events on a virtual map, an initiative led by Nature Canada. You can also follow the discussion online using #BirddayEh.

For more information about our virtual event, visit our Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/534001407317507/

or contact:

Cynthia Brink, 226-567-0465, education@longpointbiosphere.com or

Holly Anderson at cleaningupnorfolk@longpointbiosphere.com

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