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Boreal Birds E-Update
Dear <<First Name>>,

It’s autumn again, and that can only mean one thing: billions of migratory birds have begun passing through our neighborhoods as they leave their breeding grounds in North America's Boreal Forest. From warblers to waterfowl, more than 300 species in total are making their way south with their young from the lush green belt that stretches from Alaska to Newfoundland. Watch and listen for them!

Happy Autumn –
All of us at the Boreal Songbird Initiative
Bird Migration Research Technologies

Mysteries Revealed

It's time to take bird conservation into the 21st century, and our new report outlines 7 ways to do so.

New research technology is rewriting the story of bird migration. Birds are flying faster, farther, and along more varied routes than previously thought. These technologies are also confirming the need to protect North America's Boreal Forest, where many captivating migration stories begin. Explore seven new technologies from radio telemetry to isotope analysis in this new report published by the Boreal Songbird Initiative, Ducks Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Environment for the Americas.
Hudsonian Godwit

Treaty Turns 100

A landmark treaty in 1916 helped shape North America’s conservation ethic.

One hundred years ago this past August, the United States and Canada signed the Migratory Bird Convention, a treaty in which both nations agreed to enact similar laws to protect migratory birds from unregulated hunting. This groundbreaking treaty is still in effect, and many boreal birds are here today because of it.
Great Bear Lake


Rusty Blackbirds and Surf Scoters rely on Great Bear Lake in Canada's Boreal Forest.

Great Bear Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories is the eighth largest lake in the world, and arguably the least polluted. It’s also a critical source of livelihood for the Sahtúgot’ine Dene community of Délı̨nę, whose efforts were rewarded when the lake’s watershed became Canada’s newest UNESCO site, the Tsá Túé International Biosphere Reserve. This is great news for threatened migrants that nest in the area, including Rusty Blackbird and Surf Scoter.

Learn more about Tsá Túé »
Society for Conservation Biology

What a Meeting!

Our presence at this conference was a rousing success.

We were pleased to attend the 2016 North American Congress for Conservation Biology in Madison, Wisconsin. Our Senior Scientist Dr. Jeff Wells hosted a symposium, "Communicating an Audacious Conservation Idea to the World - Conservation of 50% of North America's Boreal Forest." It was delightful to connect with so many scientists dedicated to the boreal forest and large landscape conservation. We look forward to staying in touch and partnering in support of North America's Boreal Forest.

Read more about the conference »
Boreal Birds Need Half

Thank You!

Our Boreal Birds Need Half campaign is going strong, and there's still more to do.

Thanks to your help, we’ve gathered thousands of new petition signatures as well as new endorsing partners. The campaign was recently featured in the Cornell Lab’s 7 things you can do to help songbirds as well as BirdWatching magazine’s 50 most important stories about birds in 2015.
Boreal Bird of the Month

Bird of the Month

Our favorite boreal bird for October is the Dark-eyed Junco.

Did you know that 80% of Dark-eyed Juncos breed in the boreal forest? A common boreal-breeding bird sometimes called Snowbird, the Dark-eyed Junco is a familiar backyard favorite, regularly showing up at feeders across Canada and the United States. Watch for them this fall as they migrate south.

More about Dark-eyed Juncos and all boreal birds in our Boreal Bird Guide »

Boreal Bird Guide
Evening Grosbeak

From the Blog

Recent dispatches from our Boreal Bird Blog:

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