Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:29:24 -0500
Reply-To: EJ Williams <EJ_Williams@DNR.STATE.GA.US>
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From: EJ Williams <EJ_Williams@DNR.STATE.GA.US>
Subject: Importance of the Boreal Forest to GA Birds and Birders
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A new report details the importance of the Boreal Forest to "our" birds. Below is a quote from the Executive Summary and links to the report and summary. Amazing how our migratory birds link us so closely with such far away places!
From Bird Studies Canada's report: Importance of Canada's Boreal Forest to Landbirds -
"For example, boreal migrants form an estimated 32% of Georgia's winter birds, but during fall migration they grow to 37%, and in spring they swell to 48% of the state's bird population."
Report Released on Importance of Canada's Boreal Forest
One in three birds across North America owes its existence to Canada's boreal forest. New scientific evidence shows the fate of much of the continent's bird life depends on the future of this vast northern landscape * a future that is now at a cross roads. The evidence is detailed in the report, The Importance of Canada's Boreal Forest to Landbirds by biologist Peter Blancher of Bird Studies Canada.
The Importance of Canada's Boreal Forest to Landbirds was commissioned by the U.S.-based Boreal Songbird Initiative and the Canadian Boreal Initiative. The Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI) is a new project dedicated to educating birdwatchers and naturalists throughout the United States about the importance of the boreal forest to migratory birds and assisting efforts in Canada to conserve it. To obtain a copy of the report, or find out more information about the Boreal Forest and birds, go to www.borealbirds.org or www.borealcanada.ca .
Emily Jo Williams
Partners in Flight
Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
116 Rum Creek Drive, Forsyth GA 31029
ph 478-994-1438 fax 478-993-3050
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