Third of North America's birds at risk of extinction
Representatives of non-government organizations, policymakers and scientists from Mexico, Canada and the United States convened during the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife Ecosystem and Management in Ottawa to discuss the merits of the State of North America's Birds report and come up with methods to strengthen conservation efforts.
The report noted that several species that were endangered before were able to rebound because of conservation efforts. For instance, wood ducks were not as abundant before as they are now.
These migratory birds were almost pushed to extinction because of loss of habitat and market hunting. Their numbers continually increased through intergovernmental efforts.
A study states that poor coordination of conservation efforts on a global scale harms the population of migratory birds. About 90 percent of the world's migratory bird species are not effectively protected across their migratory paths.
Close monitoring and communication about the numbers and behaviors of migratory birds must be done to ensure that all concerned nations are complying with the efforts to preserve the bird population. ■
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