"Songbirds (such as the female northern cardinal to the left) living in the boreal forest are declining at a rapid rate and need protection by federal and provincial governments, according to a group of environmentalists and scientists.
Migratory birds dependent on the 5.6 million square kilometres of boreal forest, such as the Canada warbler, rusty blackbird and olive-sided flycatcher, have faced particularly steep declines, according to the Boreal Songbird Initiative, which has collected more than 60,000 signatures on a petition calling for
greater protection for the forest.
The groups said the boreal forest, which stretches from Newfoundland in the east through to the Yukon and into Alaska, is under threat from logging, mining and other industrial activities, which have fragmented the landscape, particularly in the southern portion of the forest.
Ontario Nature said logging in Ontario alone can destroy an estimated 45,000 migratory bird nests in a single year. Only 10 per cent of the forest in the province is protected, the group said."
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