Bird friendly community

World Migratory Bird Day

Join Strathcona County in celebrating the wonder of migratory birds. May 14 has officially been proclaimed as World Migratory Bird Day in Strathcona County.

Strathcona County is the 12th municipality to earn Nature Canada's Bird Friendly City designation. Learn about the Bird Friendly City program and how we are working to be a safe community for birds. Explore the impact of light pollution on our feathered friends and find out what you can do to help. We invite you to go outside and see which feathered friends you can spot, and share your observations with us on iNaturalist

Last modified: May 13, 2022, 2:23 p.m.

North American bird populations are decreasing at alarming rates – in fact, in the last 50 years, North American bird populations have dropped by 25%. Strathcona County is hoping to reverse this trend and is now a certified Bird Friendly City through Nature Canada! Strathcona County is the 12th municipality in Canada to earn the designation.

Nature Canada has developed a standard to certify eligible communities as a Bird Friendly City, to recognize and celebrate the contributions municipalities make to save bird lives. The goal of certification is to provide local partners with a clear standard that reflects what a community needs to do to make it a safe place for birds. Certification is a badge of honour and a source of community pride. 

In tandem with the County’s Environmental Framework Integration Team (EFIT), a Bird Friendly Team has been created and oversees several initiatives to ensure that Strathcona County is a bird-friendly community. Some initiatives currently in progress include:  

  • Worked to have May 14, 2022, proclaimed as World Migratory Bird Day in Strathcona County. World Migratory Bird Day is an annual campaign to increase public awareness that all of us can help mitigate threats to our wild bird populations as well as protect the lands that are essential in keeping birds safe and healthy throughout their annual migrations. This year’s theme - “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night” - addresses the impacts of light pollution on migratory birds. Strathcona County is a light efficient community with a policy in place to reduce light pollution and increase access to dark night-time skies. 
  • Committing $100,000 for a 12-month cat shelter pilot project to support start-up costs for a shelter, including exploring partnership opportunities, informing the feasibility of a cat shelter, and developing a community outreach strategy. 
  • Encouraging citizen scientists across Strathcona County to join the Beaver Hills Biosphere on iNaturalist. Join us and share your own photos of bird species in the County. 

There are so many individual actions that we can all take to make our lives more bird and biodiversity friendly. Learn about what measures you can take to mitigate bird collision risk with buildings, or how you can keep both cats and the birds in our community safe! 

Did you know that collisions with buildings kill and injure large amounts of birds every year? By incorporating proven technologies and materials, bird-friendly buildings reduce threats to birds without sacrificing attractiveness, functionality, or natural lighting. Take this survey now to help us and the Bird Friendly team collect data on buildings in your area and learn how they can become more bird-friendly.

Discover the birds that make Strathcona County their home too! Whether it is only for part of the year, or year-round, there are many feathered friends around.  

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Last updated: Friday, May 13, 2022
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