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Conserva Aves

Territories of life

International Collaboration and Conservation

At Birds Canada, we believe that halting & reversing biodiversity loss, when it comes to migratory birds, means full life-cycle conservation. It means working closely with organizations and communities in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean striving to achieve the same thing. 

Birds connect us all. The health of migratory bird populations is a key shared indicator of biodiversity; North America has lost 3 billion birds since 1970, many of which migrate through and spend their winter in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Birds Canada is joining the Conserva Aves Initiative to support the creation and sustainable management of subnational protected areas. These areas are critical to safeguard threatened endemic and migratory birds and their habitats throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Conserva Aves initiative is led by the American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon Society, Birds Canada, BirdLife International, and the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds (RedLAC) to promote climate resilience and sustainable development.

By joining we are contributing to the objective of the creation and sustainable management of over 100 protected areas in Latin America and the Caribbean, encompassing over two million hectares of priority bird areas and biodiversity under long-term active restoration or protection. This will initially occur in twelve Latin American countries (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile) between 2022 and 2028.

Please visit the website to see the great work already underway.

Photo: BirdLife International, J. A. Soriano
Napo River, Ecuador Photo: Barend van Gemerden

Through this collaborative initiative, Birds Canada will work with partners to support locally led and gender-equitable change to benefit birds, biodiversity, and communities to achieve inclusive nature conservation. Finding solutions to biodiversity loss and climate change will support gender equality for women and girls, who are experiencing the greatest burden from reduced access to natural resources, and employment, as well as safeguarding the traditional livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples, and Afro-descendant groups in Latin America and Caribbean. Working to protect biodiversity while also addressing inequalities within communities results in stronger and more sustainable results for conservation.

Through this international partnership, we can support the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity  Framework targets to halt and reverse biodiversity loss to protect migratory birds, such as, Target 3, which aims to conserve 30% of land, waters, and seas, and Target 23, ensuring gender equality and a gender-responsive approach for Biodiversity Action.

Meet some of the amazing birds that will benefit from Conserva Aves.

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) by Sunchie Yang

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) by James Lees

Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) By George Peck

Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan (Andigena hypoglauca) by José Ferney Salgado, Conserva Aves

Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) by Ian Burgess

Piping Plover  (Charadrius melodus) by Missy Mandel

Scarlet Tanager  (Piranga olivacea) by Sue Drotos

Swainson’s Hawk  (Buteo swainsoni) by Asher Warkentin

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)

Black Terns migrate from their breeding grounds in North America to the coasts of Central and South America in flocks, occasionally up to tens of thousands of birds.


Photo: Sunchie Yang

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)

Canada Warblers fly more than 4,800 kilometers from their wintering grounds in South America to their breeding grounds in the United States and Canada.


Photo: James Lees

Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)

Chimney Swifts migrate to South America each winter, flying across the Gulf of Mexico or skirting it along the Texas coast.


Photo: George Peck

Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan (Andigena hypoglauca)

This toucan inhabits chilly, damp, mountainous terrain in South America. Its genus name Andigena means “coming from the Andes Mountains” — a nod to this toucan’s sloping habitat.


Photo: José Ferney Salgado, Conserva Aves

Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)

Olive-sided Flycatchers have the longest migration among North American flycatchers, with some traveling over 11,000 kilometers between central Alaska and Bolivia.

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

Researchers recently discovered that more than one-third of the Piping Plover population that breeds along the Atlantic coast spends the winter in the Bahamas.


Photo: Missy Mandel

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)

Breeding male Scarlet Tanagers are among the most colorful birds in an eastern forest in summer, with blood-red bodies set off by jet-black wings and tail. In the fall, males moult their red feathers for yellow-green
and take off for northern South America.


Photo: Sue Drotos

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)

In the fall, these brown hawks take off for Argentine wintering grounds—one of the longest migrations of any Western Hemisphere raptor—forming flocks of hundreds or thousands as they travel.


Photo: Asher Warkentin

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