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Government of Canada Invests More Than $677,000 in Wild Bird Conservation

June 21, 2008

PORT ROWAN, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – June 21, 2008) – Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, and Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament for Haldimand – Norfolk, Diane Finley, today announced $677,037 in funding to protect wild bird species at-risk, their nests and their habitat. Work will be carried out by Bird Studies Canada, a not-for-profit organization that advances the understanding, appreciation and conservation of wild birds and their habitat in Canada.

“Our Government is proud to support Bird Studies Canada and the good work this organization is doing,” said Minister Baird. “We know that on-the-ground community action like this achieves real results by using local expertise to build stronger communities and a better environment.”

“The work by Bird Studies Canada is a great example of action for our community, by our community here in Ontario and across Canada,” said Minister Finley. “With the work it’s doing to conserve our wild birds and important wetland areas, Bird Studies Canada’s is bringing benefits to both the local and global environment.”

The funding for the Bird Studies Canada will come from Environment Canada’s annual grants and contributions program, and will support a number of important projects, including:

– monitoring programs to measure the health and status of wetlands where migratory birds rest and nest and to monitor populations of birds breeding in northern Canada;

– surveys of waterbirds and beachbirds in the Maritimes and British Columbia to monitor the health of bird populations and provide early warning of environment problems such as oil spills or disease;

– a program to engage volunteers in monitoring nine species at risk in the Maritimes;

– developing data management and mapping tools to more effectively present the results of bird surveys for use by governments and volunteer organizations such as Birds Studies Canada;

– providing information on the conservation and protection and undertaking surveys relating to certain at-risk populations in Atlantic Canada such as the Loggerhead Shrike, Hooded Warblers and Acadian flycatchers, Piping Plovers and more.

Funding for community-based environmental improvement projects across the country is provided through the community action programs managed or co-managed by Environment Canada. Community groups are encouraged to become involved in these programs. For more information, visit the Funding and Incentives section of Environment Canada’s web site: www.ec.gc.ca

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BACKGROUNDER

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TAKES ACTION TO PROTECT CANADA’S WILD BIRDS

The protection of Canada’s migratory birds and species at risk is a shared responsibility and a passion for many Canadians. Each year, thousands of Canadians help to conserve and protect our species and their habitat by doing invaluable on-the-ground work in communities across Canada.

In support of this tremendous work, Environment Canada recently invested $677,037 in funding for Bird Studies Canada, a not-for- profit organization that advances the understanding, appreciation and conservation of wild birds and their habitat in Canada.

The funding will be provided through Environment Canada’s grants and contributions and community action programs as listed below, and will go to a number of important wild bird projects across Canada.

Migratory Bird Program ($320,000)

Funding from Environment Canada’s Migratory Birds Program will support fifteen programs operated by Bird Studies Canada across the country, including programs to develop and provide information on the distribution and status of certain migratory birds, monitoring programs to measure the health and status of wetlands and to monitor populations of birds breeding in northern Canada as the migrate to Latin America, surveys of waterbirds and beachbirds in Canada to monitor their health and to provide early warning of environmental problems such as oil spills and disease, as well as training programs for bird banders and the development of data management and mapping tools to more effectively present the results of bird surveys.

Species at Risk Program ($212,000)

Under the Species at Risk program, funds will go towards providing information about the conservation and protection and undertaking surveys about certain at-risk populations such as the Loggerhead Shrike, Hooded Warblers and Acadian flycatchers, Least Bitterns and King Rails in Ontario, as well as Piping Plovers in Nova Scotia and Golden-winged Warblers in Manitoba.

Habitat Stewardship Program ($126,577)

Bird Studies Canada will receive funding for four proposals under Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program, including on-the- ground projects to protect Piping Plovers, engage volunteers in monitoring nine species at risk in the Maritimes, increase Prothonotary Warbler breeding populations, update publicly available information on the species, and help identify and promote stewardship of the forest habitat of the Bicknell’s thrush in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Great Lakes Sustainability Fund ($18,460)

Funds will to go an assessment of the extent of Niagara River Remedial Action Plan progress for the Niagara Area of Concern.

Funding for community-based environmental improvement projects across the country is provided through the community action programs managed or co-managed by Environment Canada. Community groups are encouraged to become involved in these programs. For more information, visit the Funding and Incentives section of Environment Canada’s web site: www.ec.gc.ca

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