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Why Birds Matter


Birds are fascinating and inspiring. When you hear a song from the trees or catch a glimpse out your window, it’s a moment of joy and wonder. Birds are a daily, delightful connection to nature.

Birds also provide essential services in your neighbourhood and across Canada, including pollinating plants, dispersing seeds, and helping to control insects.

Birds are excellent environmental indicators–they are nature’s sentinels. Studying birds allows us to understand the overall health of our ecosystems and the environment.

The decline of any single species of birds is a tragedy in itself, but can also indicate larger causes for concern. Monitoring and early detection of bird declines is critical in determining priorities for conservation action.

Monitoring and conserving bird populations and their habitats supports a healthy environment for every living thing–including us!

Canada Warbler singing from a branch.
Canada Warbler Photo: Nick Saunders