May 21, 2013 _ From caribou herds to landlocked seals, Canada’s boreal forest is rich in biodiversity treasures and just as worthy of global attention and protection as the Amazon, according to two leading conservation groups.
A report to be released Wednesday by the Boreal Songbird Initiative and Ducks Unlimited lists 10 top biodiversity hot spots in Canada’s boreal forest, which encompass large swaths of the landscape.
“We are trying to get people – especially people who live in these northern lands – to realize they have areas as special as the tropics,” says co-author Jeff Wells, science and policy director at the Boreal Songbird Initiative, a non-profit based in the United States.
More than 10 million birds a day are now streaming across the Canada-U.S. border to summer in Canada’s boreal, he says, noting that as many as three billion birds make the trip during spring migration. Continue reading