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Grassland Birds at Risk

Grassland Birds at Risk

Across North America, birds that depend on grasslands are in steeper decline than most other groups of birds. The reason is simple: ongoing degradation and loss of grassland habitats. Losses aren't just happening to our native prairie habitats. They are also occurring widely in man-made agricultural grasslands like pastures and hayfields, especially in eastern North America.

Bird Studies Canada staff have been working on a variety of research and monitoring projects, and helping provincial, national, and international government and non-government agencies create conservation strategies. Going forward, we recognize that conservation of grassland birds depends almost entirely on stewardship from private landowners, especially farmers, on breeding and wintering grounds.

Dedicated studies, such as Long-billed Curlew satellite tracking in British Columbia, are also helping us understand migratory connectivity of grassland birds.

For more information, contact:

Jon McCracken
Director of National Programs

Partners and Supporters:

  • Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS)
  • Environment Canada
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • The Schad Foundation
  • Vermont Center for Ecostudies
  • Wildlife Preservation Canada

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.

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