4 important bird habitats in Canada listed as ‘in danger’ – CBC News

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By Emily Chung, CBC News Posted: Nov 18, 2014

B.C.’s Boundary Bay, Ontario’s Prince Edward Point among threatened sites [includes Ostander Point] 

Urban development, resource extraction and wind turbines are threatening some of the most important bird habitats in Canada, a new report says.

Four of Canada’s top bird habitats have made a list of 356 around the world that are considered “in danger,” in a report by the conservation group BirdLife International:

  • Boundary Bay in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, one of Canada’s richest sites for migratory waterbirds.
  • Prince Edward Point in eastern Ontario, another important area for migratory waterbirds.
  • N.W.T.’s Mackenzie River Delta, an important habitat for snow geese.
  • Lancaster Sound Polynya in Nunavut, an important habitat for a small seabird called the dovekie.

Some of those areas are not protected at all, while others are only partially protected.

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Boundary Bay is one of the richest sites in Canada for migratory waterbirds, and is sometimes also popular with snowy owls. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Most of the sites are threatened by industrial development, ranging from the potential to become shipping corridors in the case of the northern sites to two wind energy projects in the case of Prince Edward Point. Nature Canada, one of BirdLife International’s partners, worries that wind turbines could kill birds as they migrate through the area.

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For more information on the Prince Edward County South Shore IBA click here

 

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