That is a question we aim to answer in the coming year - it is the Year of the Bird, after all. However, birds are not doing so well as is all of biodiversity globally and, here, in Canada.
That is why we are pleased to announce that Bird Protection Quebec (Protection des Oiseaux du Québec, @birdprotectionquebec, @BPQ_POQ) has funded a project that we will launch in late April 2018. Alison Hackney and Nathalie Gendron are co-principal investigators on the project.
Canadian laws are increasingly showing signs of failure in protecting our wildlife. Bird groups such as shorebirds and aerial insectivores have demonstrated severe population declines despite, for many species, being protected under environmental laws like the Species at Risk Act. The project aims at conducting a preliminary analysis of the issues associated with compliance with the Migratory Birds Convention Act and Quebec’s La Loi sur la Conservation et la Mise en Valeur de la Faune at the municipal level.
We will be posting updates on the study so stay tuned!