100 Years of Migratory Birds Conservation in Canada


  1. For much of early Canadian history, it was common to see many species of birds flying high in the skies, escaping to southern climates for winter, and back in the spring. Back then, Canadians hunted many migratory birds for food and fashion, causing some species to become severely diminished, or in the case of the Passenger Pigeon, extinct.
  2. This spurred a conservation movement, ultimately resulting in the Migratory Birds Convention, signed August 16th, 1916.
  3. Throughout the hundredth year of the Migratory Birds Convention, Environment and Climate Change Canada has been celebrating the success of the Convention, and the beauty and diversity of the nearly 400 species of protected migratory birds.
  4. To help kickoff the celebration, Hinterland Who’s Who produced a fantastic video to help engage and inform Canadians on Migratory Birds Convention.
  5. One important milestone associated with the Migratory Birds Convention is the Breeding bird survey, a binational project run by Canada and the United States. It is the source of important population data for our beautiful birds!
  6. As part of the celebration, student ambassadors from Environment and Climate Change Canada joined up with ambassadors from the US Fish and Wildlife service to track Migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway.
  7. Canadian kids were profiled, helping their feathered friends!
  8. Protecting the Piping Plover: Kids get Involved!
  9. The three amigos committed to bird conservation for the next century at the North American Leaders Summit, hosted in Ottawa in June.
  10. One of the most memorable moments during the celebration was the release of the first-ever State of North America’s Birds Report by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.