Canada’s birds are in trouble; some have declined by over 90% in the last 40 years. The number of Canadian Bird Species at Risk increased from 47 to 86 between 2001 and 2014. Habitat destruction and climate change are taking their toll, but a lot of bird deaths are associated with other human activities and their consequences. Save Bird Lives is Nature Canada’s overall initiative to help Canadians understand how our daily actions and decisions affect birds.
Bird provide vital ecological services: they disperse seeds; cycle nutrients; and predate pests, mostly insects that damage crops and forests. They also fuel a multi-million dollar industry (bird-watching).
Environment Canada research estimates that between 130 and 435 million birds a year die as a result of human activity (other than climate change and habitat loss). Cats are thought to cause the vast majority, with collisions with human structures (e.g. windows, cars) accounting for much of the rest. Most of these deaths are entirely preventable: to explore what you can do to help, visit Save Bird Lives.