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High Elevation Landbird Program

High Elevation Landbird Program

Bird Studies Canada has been delivering the High Elevation Landbird Program in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia since 2002, and is the Canadian co-coordinator of the International Bicknell's Thrush Conservation Group.

The Bicknell's Thrush, a Threatened songbird, is among the landbird species of highest conservation concern in North America. In Atlantic Canada, the species' breeding habitats include the thick conifer forests found on mountaintops and coastal headlands. It is also found in regenerating high-elevation industrial forest where tree density is very high. This habitat is at risk from wind power development, some forestry practices, acidic precipitation, mercury deposition, and climatic warming.

The multi-faceted High Elevation Landbird Program includes working with local communities, industry, and government to conserve Bicknell's Thrush habitat, as well as monitoring and research efforts to track population trends as part of regional and international efforts to track the species' range-wide recovery.

For more information, contact:

Amy-Lee Kouwenberg
Bird Projects Biologist, Atlantic Region

Partners and Supporters:

  • Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service
  • New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources
  • New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund
  • Nova Scotia Habitat Conservation Fund
  • Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

Additional Collaborators:

  • Port Hawkesbury Paper
  • Acadian Timber
  • J.D. Irving Limited
  • Fornebu Lumber Inc.

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.

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