Posted by: Bob Payne | September 2, 2011

Making Flyways Conservation a Reality

Effective migratory bird conservation efforts address issues throughout a species’ flyway – and in Canada, flyway conservation is imperative, as about 90% of the country’s birds migrate south each year, only to return the following spring. This flyway concept is being put to the test with one initiative that links three Important Bird Areas: Great Salt Lake in Utah, the most important inland stopover for many species of shorebird, waterbird and waterfowl in continental North America, and an area of global significance for many breeding bird species; Chaplin Lake in Saskatchewan, and the Marismas nacionales along the Pacific coast of Mexico. These areas share many of the same species, including American Avocet, Wilson’s Phalarope, American White Pelican and Franklin’s Gull among other species.

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