Tweet, Tweet: Edmonton Earns Nature Canada’s Bird Friendly City Designation

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Edmonton–it’s for the birds.

Nature Canada has just announced that Edmonton will be the next certified bird-friendly city in Canada. The capital of Alberta becomes the eighth city in Canada to obtain this designation.

The City of Edmonton worked collaboratively with Nature Canada partners including the Edmonton Nature Club, Nature Alberta, Beaver Hill Bird Observatory, Edmonton Area Land Trust and North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society , as well as with many other community organizations to make their communities a safe haven. for wild birds.

“Whether it’s a magpie in your backyard or a cedar waxwing in the river valley, birds make Edmonton feel like Edmonton,” said Edmonton Mayor , Amarjeet Sohi. “I am proud that we are taking steps to ensure that our city is a haven for this important group in our urban ecosystem.”

Edmonton has earned its “wings” and designation by implementing bird-friendly policies and actions, including: protecting natural habitat to conserve, restore, develop and connect spaces to support biodiversity; demonstrate a commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation; celebrate World Migratory Bird Day; and provide residents with the opportunity to experience and appreciate the city’s wild birds.

“We all have a role to play in bird conservation. At the scale of the “big picture,” we need the government to prioritize habitat protection, reduce pesticide use, and take meaningful action on climate change. Edmontonians can help save birds with simple actions. that create bird-friendly spaces in the city. Making windows more visible to avoid collisions with windows, keeping cats indoors to avoid predation, placing feeders and birdbaths in safe places, and growing native flowers make all the difference for cats. resident and migratory birds,” said Steph Weizenbach, program director for Nature Alberta.

The Bird Friendly City designation was developed by Nature Canada to encourage Canadian cities and towns to become safer and better places for birds. There are three billion fewer birds in North America today than 50 years ago, with much of the loss caused by human activities.

Nature Canada is Canada’s voice for nature. For 80 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 110 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species. Today, Nature Canada represents a network of over 130,000 members and supporters and over 1,000 nature organizations.

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