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Boreal Birds Need Half

We still have a chance “to get conservation right”
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The boreal forest of North America provides breeding habitat for billions of birds, such as this Semipalmated Plover. But the forest is under pressure. Many boreal birds are declining  — while development and resource extraction are intensifying. Fortunately, there’s an upside. Conservation science contends that at least 50% of an ecosystem should be protected to preserve its health and biodiversity. According to Dr. Jeff Wells of the Boreal Songbird Initiative, if governments adopt policies in keeping with that science, we still have a chance “to get conservation right” in the boreal forest.

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BirdNote® 

Boreal Birds Need Half 

Written by Dominic Black 

This is BirdNote. 

Many birds common to the US rely on North America’s boreal forest - the huge ecosystem of forests, wetlands, rivers and stretching from Alaska to Newfoundland…[Boreal ambience]

Often referred to as North America’s bird nursery, the boreal forest is the critical breeding ground for billions of North America’s birds.  But it's under pressure. Many iconic boreal birds are declining - while development and resource extraction are intensifying. [Boreal ambience]

BUT here's the upside - with the boreal forest it's not too late. Dr. Jeff Wells is the senior scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative and the International Boreal Conservation Campaign. Conservation science contends that at least 50% of an ecosystem should be protected to preserve its health and biodiversity. Jeff Wells says that if governments adopt policies in keeping with that science, we still have a chance to get conservation right. 

We don't usually have that in most of the world where we're trying to build back lost habitats. But in the Boreal Forest these are habitats that have never been lost. We have the opportunity to balance conservation and development and really protect these big, large intact landscapes. 

Groups, businesses, and individual across America are joining the effort to protect boreal birds. Find out more at BirdNote, org [Boreal ambience]

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Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by [...]
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Dominic Black
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org    May 2015   Narrator: Michael Stein

ID#                      boreal-03-2015-05-09       boreal-03



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