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Wetland Birds at Risk

Wetland Birds at Risk

Of the birds that regularly or always nest in marshes, about 20% are at risk in Canada. Human disturbance, disease, threats on the wintering grounds, human-caused mortality, pollution, climate change, invasive species, and habitat loss are to blame.

Compared to other birds, wetland birds tend to be secretive, requiring special effort to detect them. Bird Studies Canada is leading our understanding of this group in Canada through Prairie, Great Lakes, Québec, and Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Programs.

We work closely with Environment Canada, Joint Ventures, and provincial partners to develop cutting-edge field monitoring and analytical techniques. Our efforts generate key information to help recover populations of members of this important group.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Kiel Drake
Senior Waterbird Scientist, Prairie & Northern Region
Prairie Marsh Monitoring Program Coordinator


Dr. Doug Tozer
Ontario Program Scientist
Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program Coordinator

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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