Whether we are thinking of our local summer resident shorebirds such as the Great Blue Heron, Sandhill Cranes and Common Loon or thinking of feathered friends that go farther North to nest, like the Snow Goose, keeping our shoreline and waterways healthy and available for every stage of their journey is a great way to help.
Conservation of shoreline water birds is a challenging task because of the very diverse species they represent and the vast areas that they live in. These birds occupy marshland, coastal water, rivers and lakes and travel incredible distances in a year to live out an entire life cycle. Some shore birds travel from Australia or the Southern tip of South America to as far North as the Arctic breeding grounds. A common thread in all species' journeys is their need for a corridor of habitat to allow them to feed and rest while making the journey to and from breeding grounds.
There are different ways and levels you can get involved in:
Help save wetlands from development.
Make sure you are doing your part to keep your shoreline healthy if you live on a waterway.
Consult with local authorities for information about your region and how you can help local species.
Join local groups and volunteer your time to rehabilitate shorelines.
Your feathered friends will thank you!