Reaction to Audubon report on birds shifting north due to global warming

    OTTAWA, Feb. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Audubon Society has just
published a study based on 40 years of data, with some shocking findings. The
study documented northward range shifts, sometimes of hundreds of kilometres,
in 177 bird species. This is a pattern consistent with hundreds of studies of
wildlife and plants that document a clear "fingerprint" of global warming.
Birds and other animals must adapt to global warming or they will disappear.
Maintaining very large connected habitats allows animals to move across
landscapes so that populations are not isolated, and can continue reproducing
and adapting to the changes that are unmistakably underway.
    These findings have vital implications for Canada. Announcements by
Ontario's Premier McGuinty and Quebec's Premier Charest are significant in the
face of findings like those in the Audubon report. Both leaders have pledged
to protect at least half of the intact Boreal forest of their provinces. This
will maintain carbon stored in the land as well as to provide refuge to
northward shifting animals and plants. More information can be found in
Audubon's press release (pasted at the bottom of this email). We also have
attached two images of the Boreal Chickadee (credit: Jeff Nadler) if you would
like to use that in a story.
    Dr. Jeff Wells of the Boreal Songbird Initiative is an expert on Canadian
birds and global warming. He was actively involved with Audubon in this
release and is available for comment to the media on the findings and
implications for Canadian birds. A quote by Dr. Wells, his contact
information, and availability are below.


    "This report shows how a healthy and intact Canadian Boreal forest is not
only a shield against global warming, but also the last stop on what would
otherwise be a ride to extinction for birds being forced north by these
changes," said Dr. Jeff Wells, Senior Scientist for the Boreal Songbird
Initiative. "The recent pledges by Ontario and Quebec to set aside at least
half of their intact Boreal forest from development, when enacted, will
protect much of the entire continent's bird life."

    Dr. Wells' availability for comment on Tuesday, February 10:

    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)

    Other resources:

    Canada's Boreal forest as carbon storage:
    Ontario protection announcement:
    Quebec protection announcement:

    Based in Ottawa, the Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse
partners to create new solutions for Boreal Forest conservation and works as a
catalyst supporting on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal by governments,
industry, First Nations, conservation groups, major retailers, financial
institutions and scientists.

For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Fraserm Director of communication,
Canadian Boreal Initiative, (613) 232-2530, (613) 552-7277 (mobile),;; Dr. Jeff Wells, Senior
Scientist, Boreal Songbird Initiative,

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