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One Third of Migratory Birds Face Extinction in North America

Canadian geese

(Photo : Wikimedia) Canadian geese

A new report reveals how one third of North America's bird population is now at risk of extinction. This scientific report details how a third of the 350 bird species that are also migratory, are now facing rapid decline in population numbers that could result in their disappearance from the wild.

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According to biologist Christian Artuso from Bird Studies Canada, who is also the director of the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas, the countries that are involve the territories along the birds' migratory routes are being called for urgent action towards conservation efforts. Governments should be able to take an active initiative in preserving biodiversity before these species disappear completely.

During the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife Ecosystem and Management, government offficials and agencies, non government organizations, researchers and scientists from Canada, United States and Mexico discussed the State of North America's Birds report in order to approach this imminent ecological issue with possible strategies for immediate action to save these migratory birds. 

According to Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna, this report also calls for joint international action and conservation efforts to boost bird populations, with the help of concentrated efforts to reach long term results. McKenna says that these partnerships will allow us to spread our wings beyond our own nests.

She adds that these new findings reveals a troubling picture, and there is no reason to allow such a dramatic decline in bird populations. The reasons behind this alarming decline range from habitat loss to global warming and climate change.

There are also several bird species in the list that are already endangered, that were able to rebound from this risk of extinction due to government and conservation efforts. These species include wood ducks being abundant now than ever before, as these migratory birds were almost on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss and commercial hunting. 

Artuso also says that despite these efforts, North America is still at risk of almost half of its birds species disappearing, which also include forest birds, oceanic birds and grassland species. He also adds that Canadian environmental efforts in bird preservation are also crucial in conservation efforts due to their wintering grounds.

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