Sign a Petition to Protect Boreal Birds

One of the world’s largest intact forest ecosystems — the breeding grounds for many of the world’s warblers, ducks and other migratory birds — is in big trouble. Oil and gas, timber, mining, and other industries are destroying vital habitat for birds and other wildlife in Canada’s boreal forest. Canada’s boreal forest spans more than 1.4 billion acres and provides vital breeding habitat for many of the world’s birds — including nearly 40% of North America’s ducks, geese, and swans. Lynx, grizzlies and wolves also make their home in the boreal forest. And it is one of the world’s largest “carbon reservoirs,” trapping carbon that might otherwise contribute to global warming. Just 8% of the boreal forest is now protected from new mining, drilling and logging. Each year, more and more of this special place is being lost in the pursuit of profits. Speak out for migratory birds and other wildlife. Urge the Canadian government to protect this special place by signing their petition online right now.


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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Sign a Petition to Protect Boreal Birds

  1. Bob O'H says:

    PalMD has just been enthusing over the Canadian boreal forests. It sounds beautiful, even if the only animals he encountered were insects – mainly diptera. Just one more reason to sign.