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Tweet, tweet: Edmonton earns Nature Canada’s “Bird Friendly City” designation

Edmonton--it's for the birds.
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Another thing we can chirp about, Edmonton. We're an official Bird Friendly City. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Nature Canada just announced Edmonton as Canada’s next certified Bird Friendly City. Alberta's capital becomes the eighth city in Canada to earn the designation.

The City of Edmonton has worked in collaboration with Nature Canada’s partners including Edmonton Nature Club, Nature Alberta, Beaver Hill Bird Observatory, Edmonton Area Land Trust and North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society, along with many other community organizations to make their communities a safe haven for wild birds.

"Whether it's a magpie in your backyard or cedar waxwing in the River Valley, birds make Edmonton feel like Edmonton," said Edmonton mayor Amarjeet Sohi. "I am proud we are taking steps to make sure our city is a haven for this important group in our urban ecosystem." Edmonton earned its 'wings' and the designation by implementing bird-friendly policies and actions, including: protecting natural habitat to conserve, restore, grow and connect spaces to support biodiversity; showing a commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation; celebrating World Migratory Bird Day; and providing opportunity for residents to learn about and appreciate wild birds around the city.

"We all have a role to play in bird conservation. At the “big-picture” scale, we need government to prioritize habitat protection, reduce pesticide use, and take meaningful action on climate change. Individual Edmontonians can help save birds through simple actions that create bird-friendly spaces in the city. Making windows more visible to prevent window strikes, keeping cats indoors to prevent predation, placing feeders and bird baths in safe locations, and growing native flowers all make a difference for both resident and migratory birds," said Steph Weizenbach, program director for Nature Alberta. 

The Bird Friendly City designation has been developed by Nature Canada to encourage Canadian cities and municipalities to become safer and better places for birds. There are three billion fewer birds in North America today than 50 years ago, with much of the losses caused by human activities.

Nature Canada is Canada's voice for nature. For 80 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 110 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species. Today, Nature Canada represents a network of over 130,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 nature organizations.