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The Warblers selected as national award finalist

Birds Canada’s podcast The Warblers has been chosen as a finalist for a Nature Inspiration Award! These awards presented by the Canadian Museum of Nature recognize individuals and organizations whose specific projects encourage Canadians to take an interest in natural history, create links with nature, and contribute to its preservation.

You can see profiles for all of the finalists on the museum website. The winners will be announced at a gala event at the museum on November 14, 2022. Congratulations to all the finalists! 

Making it to this stage is an honour. Thank you to all of you who have listened to the podcast, joined us as a guest, or lent your support or sponsorship. By contributing to the podcast’s success, you are helping us reach more listeners, connect people with birds, and boost engagement in conservation.

Big news for biodiversity

The newest episode of The Warblers podcast introduces an initiative with huge potential for nature conservation in Canada. KBA stands for Key Biodiversity Area, and the KBA Canada program is part of a global effort to identify the most critical sites for biodiversity around the world. 

The Canadian program officially launches this October and will support the federal government’s goals to conserve 30% of Canada’s lands and waters by 2030, using a rigorous and standardized scientific process to identify priority sites for protection. The program is also launching new online tools you can use to explore wild species and KBAs in Canada, learn what threats impact them, and get involved in conservation. Tune in to learn more!

Photo: Amanda Bichel

The least charismatic bird you’ve never heard of

If you missed our Bicknell’s Thrush episode in August, check it out now! It’s not very colourful and it’s hard to find, but Dr. Amy-Lee Kouwenberg has come to love this bird. In the interview we consider the value of conserving a species so few people get to encounter, and the challenges of seeking it out in incredibly dense mountain forests of Québec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia! Listen now.

Amy-Lee with device for recording Bicknell’s Thrush Photo: James Harvey

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