A word about our logo:
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Many people are familiar with our logo, but are perhaps not as familiar with the Canada Warbler and why it was chosen as the symbol for our organization. The strikingly beautiful Canada Warbler first appeared on Birds Canada’s magazine, BirdWatch Canada, in the summer of 1996.
Its breeding range runs from northeastern British Columbia across the southern Boreal Forest Region to Nova Scotia, and also extends into southern Ontario, the northeastern U.S., and through the Appalachians. About 80% of all Canada Warblers breed in Canada. The entire population winters in northern South America, primarily in the Andes. According to the Canadian Breeding Bird Survey, Canada Warbler populations have declined significantly over the last 40 years (on average, 2.9% per year since 1970). The species has been federally designated as Threatened since 2008. Reasons for population declines include changes in Canada’s Boreal Forests, and habitat loss in wintering areas.
Understand. Appreciate. Conserve. These words form the basis of Birds Canada’s work. We, together with our Citizen Science volunteers, donors, and supporters, strive to understand and encourage a greater appreciation of all birds, including species that fly under the radar like the Canada Warbler. Our ultimate goal is conservation through sound science, on-the-ground actions, innovative partnerships, public engagement, and science-based advocacy. The Canada Warbler symbolizes the work we do. Despite its striking appearance, carrying our country’s name and being found across most of Canada, the Canada Warbler is not as well-recognized as the Common Loon or Canada Goose. It is disappearing from our forests and is an indicator of environmental concern. This amazing bird is an excellent representative for us as Canada’s leading charity for bird conservation.