The beauty and diversity of birds captures the imagination of all who spend time with them. Birds are very sensitive to climate change, habitat loss, and poisoning from pesticides and other toxins, so they are excellent indicators for the general health of the planet. Recent research by Environment and Climate Change Canada found that the top human-related impacts on birds is due to predation by free-roaming cats (feral and owned outdoor cats). Browse this research in the special feature in Avian Conservation & Ecology here.
The Ecology Action Centre’s Bird Conservation Committee recently received funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction and Habitat Stewardship Programs (HSP) for two projects whose goals will be to reduce the number of birds injured or killed by free-roaming cats. Projects are in phase 1 and our goal is to build collaboration and partnerships, ensuring the development of a strong and enduring national program. See below to learn about Who We Are.
The Allied Cats project, funded by Environment Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program, is aimed at generating a network of cats that lead healthy, safe, and happy lives indoors, or with controlled outdoor access via a "catio" or on a leash, under the watchful eye of their humans. Allied Cats are helping to protect millions of birds and other wildlife that are otherwise injured or killed in Canada each year by free-roaming cats. Keeping your cat indoors protects your cat and, in turn, protects our community birds and other wildlife that are vulnerable to outdoor cats. For more information click here.
- Meredith Flannery, Bird Projects Coordinator
- Patti Green, Bird Conservation Outreach Coordinator
- Helene Van Doninck, Science Advisor and Provincial Partnership Development
For past projects of the Bird Conservation Committee, please click here