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Focus : Boreal Songbird Initiative 14.01.2009

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Following is the first instalment in the “Focus” series via which I will present the various agents, organizations and individuals, taking action to stop the non-consensual development of the oil sands of Alberta. The organization featured today is the Boreal Songbird Initiative, or BSI for short.

What is the BSI ? From the website :

The Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to outreach and education about the importance of the Boreal Forest region to North America’s birds. BSI works to mobilize environmental and birding groups and individuals to influence Canadian government and industry policies.

The BSI is an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Based in the United States, the organization is working to protect the Canadian Boreal Forest because it is one of the largest intact forest ecosystems left on earth, it is critical to North American birdlife, and they believe international attention is a key part of conserving the Canadian Boreal because of the volume of trade between the U.S. and Canada.

They have a well-presented website with a comprehensive menu bar that makes for easy navigation. Here are some selected sections :

  • The Boreal Bird Blog is authored by Dr. Jeff Wells, Senior Scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative, and is dedicated to his perspectives on the conservation, migration and interesting habits of Boreal birds.
  • The Boreal Songbird Network presents conservation and birding groups interested in raising awareness in the U.S. and Canada about the importance of the Boreal Forest to North American migratory birds.
  • Their Alberta Tar Sands feature includes an interesting links section where you’ll find a backgrounder on the impact on birds of tar sands oil development in Canada’s Boreal forest that explains how millions of birds will be lost due to tar sands development over the next 30-50 years. There is also a fact sheet providing a good overview of some of the various consequences of tar sands oil.
  • the Global Warming page explains how the Boreal Forest shields us from global warming, how the industry accelerates global warming, and how boreal birds are impacted.
  • The Get Involved section offers a collection of actions you can take to support the initiative.
  • And last but not least, they have an extensive section on boreal birds which includes a comprehensive guide to more than 300 species of birds, an in-depth guide with detailed description of 30 featured species, and maps that allows to view migration routes and to identify the species of boreal birds that occur near selected American cities.

If you feel like supporting the organization, here are the donation instructions.

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