Bringing Back the Birds
Each fall, billions of songbirds leave Canada on an epic journey to their faraway wintering grounds in Central and South America where many live in tropical forests shared by toucans, howler monkeys and jaguars. Dozens of species have experienced serious, long-term population declines that are driven in part by the threats that these birds face on migration and while in the tropics. But only recently has it been possible to track the entire migration of individual songbirds to find out how they accomplish their amazing 10,000-kilometre (or more!) round trip and to map out critical habitats used during migration. Bridget Stutchbury talks about the threats our songbirds face and how everyone can help.